Maku wants om­buds­man to check­mate me­dia

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Mr Labaran Maku said yes­ter­day that there is need for es­tab­lish­ment of an om­buds­man to mon­i­tor the ac­tiv­i­ties of the me­dia in the coun­try.

Maku spoke yes­ter­day when he ap­peared be­fore the Na­tional Con­fer­ence com­mit­tee on for­eign af­fairs and Di­as­pora mat­ters.

He lamented the col­lapse of val­ues and the dif­fi­cult time the coun­try was pass­ing through.

He ad­vo­cated for an om­buds­man to watch and guide the me­dia even as he ex­pressed his be­lieve in free me­dia as fun­da­men­tal to a free so­ci­ety.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee Am­bas­sador Yusuf Mam­man ad­vo­cated the scrap­ing of Nigeria Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion.

He said the com­mis­sion was a tooth­less bull dog and cor­rupt.

An­other mem­ber, Ade­bayo Oladimeji sug­gested the re-ac­ti­va­tion of Nigeria To­day, a weekly tabloid pub­lished by the Nigeria High Com­mis­sion in Lon­don to cor­rect the neg­a­tive re­portage of Nigeria by the me­dia.


From left, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Labaran Maku, Prof. Ibrahim Gam­bari, Amb. Lawrence Ekpebu, and Chris­tian Udechukwu, dur­ing the min­is­ter’s visit to the com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs and Di­as­pora Mat­ters in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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