media workshop, this important event was convened by the National
orientation Agency(NOA) in collaboration with the Nigeria stability and
reconciliation Programme (NSRP) with the aim of encouraging ethical and conflict
sensitive online content, it was held at Juanita
Hotel, on the 13th – 14th may,2015.
and reconciliation Programme (NSRP) the use of social media has been increasing
exponentially in certain areas of the country. This provides a great
opportunity for cost effective and rapid dissemination of information; however,
the social media has also become an avenue for transmitting hate speeches and
radical messages. For example, the posting of a provocative religious video on YouTube
which led to the September 2012 violent riot in Benghazi-Libya, claiming the lives of four US embassy workers
including the Ambassador who neither knew about the video nor had any
connections to it. We are aware of the strategy deployed online to radicalize
and encourage violent attack against innocent people around the world.
the bitter kola and salt solution as preventive measures against the Ebola virus outbreak which raised
health concerns within the country. These and much more were the backbone that
drove the National Orientation
Agency(NOA) and the Nigeria
stability and reconciliation programme (NSRP) to engage bloggers,
press/media organization, social media users, online enthusiasts and relevant
stake holders to discuss ways in which, as a nation, we can proactively
safeguard our cyberspace for its detrimental effects.
from Nationwide baseline survey and Blog monitoring report- delivered by Mr. Wilson Olaniyan and Mr. Samuel Oloche of the National
first round table foundation session- delivered by Mr. Bulama Kabla and Mr. Jerry bent of the National
Orientation Agency (NOA).
sensitivity and gender sensitivity in communication and reporting – delivered
by Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo, programme
Manager, Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).
blogging trends & Narrowing down to Nigerian Experiences- delivered by Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi.
of online contents on Human Behaviour [In-depth look at how online content are
changing the way we interact, negative and positive effect in human beings and
Nation at large]- delivered by Mr. Sola
Fagorusi (Programme manager of One Life Initiative)
Perception Management…who is Responsible?
– delivered by Prof. Pate Umaru
of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
conduct in online reporting: prospect and challenges- delivered by Ms. Edith Ohaja of University of
Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
These powerful topics were delivered enthusiastically by the
speakers. It is what mentioning that the
goal of this workshop was not designed to infringe on the right to freedom of
speech and expression or an attempt by Government to impose a regulatory
framework on the populace. Rather it is an attempt to;
the role of bloggers/writers of online articles, the press, social media users,
and media focused civil society organization in promoting peace, unity and
increase the knowledge of bloggers and other workshop participants on ethical
principals in their practice.
equip bloggers and workshop participants with knowledge on conflict sensitive
communication and reporting.
create the awareness of bloggers and other workshop participants on the
significance of their roles as society`s opinion shapers and lastly; to address
some observation arising from the recent nationwide baseline survey on the use
of social media and online tools conducted by National Orientation Agency (NOA).
Omeri OFR, fnipr, Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo,
Mr. Jerry bent, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, Mr. Sola
Fagorusi, Prof. Pate Umaru, Ms. Edith Ohaja, Mr. Bulama Kabla, Mr. Wilson
Olaniyan, Juanita Hotel and
everybody who helped in making this programme a success.