Otu tasks FG on social media regulation as editors conference opens

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

He spoke in a goodwill message at the opening of the All Nigeria Editors Conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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

The Governor described mass media as indispensable for societal development.

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

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

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 citizenry,” he said.

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

He said: “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.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has the theme: “Stimulating Economic Growth, Technological Advancement: Role of the Media.”

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