Otu urges FG to regulate social media as editors’ conference opens

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Gov. Bassey Otu of Cross River on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to urgently evolve measures to regulate  social media to tackle  misinformation and disinformation.

Otu made the call in a goodwill message at the opening of the All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) in Uyo.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Erasmus Ekpang, Otu said that  social media had been misused to a large extent.

Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Malam Ali M. Ali, at 2023 ANEC

The governor described mass media as indispensable for societal development.

From right: Gov. Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Information and National Orientation,  Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi at  the 2023 All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) in Uyo on Wednesday

“The media should indulge more in critical analysis of issues instead of merely praising policymakers

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”We can see that the media holds a critical place in our national development; the media should be reliable and trustworthy,” he said.

The governor further urged the mass media to propagate ideas that would stimulate economic recovery.

”The economy of every nation has direct bearing on the well-being of the citizenry; so, a prosperous economy will definitely breed a prosperous ctizenry,” he said.

Dignitaries at ANEC 2023.

Otu expressed worry at under investment in agriculture and small and medium scale enterprises.

”With adequate investment in agriculture, the level of poverty in the country will reduce.

”We must be together in the bid to develop our nation. With the right policies, we will get it right,” he said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference had the theme: “Stimulating Economic Growth, Technological Advancement: Role of the Media.

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