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The media has been described as a powerful agent for the promotion of peace and development. However, this can be better done through the whole building of the human person by the media. This assertion was posited by the Vicar General of Kano Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Adefemi Adegbola in keynote address to participants at the 7thNorthern Regional Conference of Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMP).

The ceremony which took place at the Our lady of Fatima Cathedral, Kano, has Media For Peace and Development as its theme, and was attended by about 60 participants. Fr. Adegbola who welcomed participants  and declared the conference opened on behalf of the Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. John Niyiring OSA; spoke extensively on the age of the Mass Media, media for peace development and the positive role of the mass media in National development. 

According to Fr. Adegbola:  “… productive investment in human knowledge and skills through the media, peace and development could be attained”. He added: “… our media programmes, products and services should see development as the building of the whole human person and through the person, the building up of the whole nation. Development has to be oriented toward people – improving human conditions, reducing poverty, illiteracy, and diseases, enhancing peace, economic growth, environmental protection, social justice and democracy.”

The Cathedral administrator who also delivered a goodwill message from Bishop John Niyiring, went further to draw the attention of the delegates to the challenges posed by the transformation of the media world to all generations of people stressing the need to use the media productively and creatively to understand and transform the world. He added:  “In this period of dramatic technological and social change, we need to cultivate effective strategies to use the media as facilitator of democracy, and not an instrument of repression, and by so doing, make it relevant to the demands of the new age.”

In his goodwill message to the delegates, the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); Rev. Fr. Chris Anyanwu congratulated the media practitioners of the Northern region for being consistent in their unity and solidarity in ensuring the success of the communication apostolate of the Church in the region. He described the regional body as the beacon of the laity group communication apostolate in the country and urged them not to rest on their oars.

Speaking on the theme of the conference – Media For Peace and Development; Fr. Anyanwu described it as very apt, considering the aftermath of the Boko Haram insurgence and Fulani Cattle herdsmen on farmers and Christians in different parts of the region. He noted that the media has a major role to play in the rebuilding process of the affected areas, adding that the role of the Catholic media men is more challenging than that of their counterparts in the secular media because “you are the mouth piece of the Voice of the Voiceless – the Catholic Church”.

In his own address, the Regional Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Osu outlined the role of Catholic Media Practitioners in the context of the present day media world and the need for collaboration and more proactive activities that will ensure the realization of the Church’s objectives in this perspective. Presentations at the programme were made by Mrs. Tina Anthony Chinedu whose paper was premised on: The Catholic Church, The Media and The New Evangelization; and Mr. Desmond Mgbo who spoke on the Role of the Media in National Development.


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