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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM

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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM 

The senior special Assistant to President Muhammdu Buhari on media, Garba Shehu has thrown a challenge at the Nigerian police to use its community radio to change the narrative about the menace of fake and false news in the country.Shehu spoke at the commissioning of Nigeria police radio 99.1 FM on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him,”This radio is coming at a time when fake news is a big issue in the country, big problem globally.

So if the police have a radio it means that you have a station that you can tune to and listen to only that which is right, correct and truth.

“It cannot be said that the police radio is airing fake news, it will not happen and this is the big challenge that is facing them. “When people listen to all of the other radios they will tune to the police radio in order to confirm what they have heard elsewhere, there will be no defamation, no libel, no fake news. So it is a big challenge for the operators.

He said they have capability and capability as the police cannot embark on such gigantic project without being prepared to go the hug.

According to him, “When the IG took up the mantle of leadership some of us believed that he had the best credentials. He possessed the best preparation for the job so we are not surprised with the commissioning of the Radio. 

“This radio would mark the legacy for the IG for which he would be remembered for many years to come. It is a land mark achievement.

The inspector General of Police in his address at the ocasion said when he assumed office as the 20th indigenous Inspector General of Police, he introduced some strategies to combat crimes and stabilize security across the country. 

“As part of the implementation processes, we appreciated the need to bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the people in our various communities. 

“One of these strategies is the construction and set-up of this community-based radio station the Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio which is targeted at  bringing the police closer to the people. 

“The Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio is a product of this laudable gestures and it is within the vision of our Community Policing initiative which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.”

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

Newsmen at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday got free donations of facemasks, and hand sanitizers from A.A Zaura foundation to help contain the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic

The founder, A.A Zaura Foundation, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim Zaura, made the donation on Thursday when he paid a solidarity visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council.

He lauded the courage and sagacity of frontline workers like journalists who make concerted effort to save lives and individuals who play strategic roles in ensuring the pandemic does not spread faster than earlier predicted by experts.

He noted that his visit to the Union which is saddled with the primary duties of managing practitioners in the field of journalism, is to know how journalists are faring and the kind of support that the Foundation can offer.

In his words, “Gentlemen of the press, it is not by accident or fate that you have found yourself in this noble profession, you were born for it and today, we are in this room attending to official engagements.

“I am glad to be in your midst because every passing moment of my life is dedicated to research and findings on what can be done to impact on others positively.

“A.A Zaura Foundation is a charity organization dedicated to supporting the needs of those who are vulnerable but aspire to be relevant amidst fading opportunities.
“It’s not going to be possible to reach and meet everyone’s need but it is possible to inspire many through a medium that is accessible for such”, he said.

He indicated that the Foundation has been involved in women and youth empowerment in Kano, Abuja and many other parts of the country.
Zaura said it will be opening its portal to students in Kano in the next few weeks to access the Foundation’s scholarship scheme and enjoy the benefits of continuing with their dream careers.

He called on other wealthy Nigerians not to wait for election time before helping others, rather, they should think about those not privileged and support them, adding that the government cannot shoulder the responsibility alone.

On his part, the NUJ FCT Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche expressed gratitude to the Foundation for finding the Union worthy of the good gesture, noting that journalists are on the frontline and his visit is helping to create awareness of how deadly the COVID-19 is.

He urged more individuals to follow suit and donate assuring that the Union will work together with the Foundation to impact Nigeria positively.

Ogbeche added that the media, especially NUJ FCT Council is solidly behind the Foundation in whatever endeavor it decides to undertake.

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

“””Says, its Radio will bring the Police closer to the people
 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed A Adamu on Wednesday, commissioned the Nigeria Police Radio, 99.1FM, Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Radio, which is one of the legacy projects of the Force within the past 2 years will help bring the police closer to the people and bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the public.


 
The IGP, in his key note address, noted that the radio station will provide community-based radio broadcast services.
“It will serve as a veritable avenue for the Nigeria Police to engage, enlighten and inform the public on policing activities and other security-related matters.”
The IGP further noted that the radio station will air programs targeted at involving the citizens in the security of their localities especially on ways to spot and report crimes and other necessary steps to take in the event of a crime or security emergency.
 
The IGP thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for the unrelenting commitment of the Federal Government to the security and safety of Nigerians and the support for the Police in the enhancement of its operational capacity.
He observed that the Nigeria Police Radio 99.1FM, Abuja is a product of the laudable gesture of the Federal Government and within the vision of the Community Policing initiative of the Force which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.  
 
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the Nigeria Police for the innovative and security-enabling initiative and assured the IGP that his Ministry will continue to partner with the Nigeria Police to make useful and security-related information readily available to Nigerians.
There was also a strong parliamentary presence at the commissioning as the Deputy Senate President, represented by Dr Otive Igbuzor and the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Ajibola Basiru were in attendance. The lawmakers pledged the support of the National Assembly to the continuous reform of the Nigeria Police.
 
Also in attendance at the commissioning were members of the Force Management Team, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity – Mallam Garba Shehu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission – Dr Iganmu Onoja, Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), represented by the Director Programmes, Mrs Msurshima Kighiv, members of the diplomatic community, top brass of the military, law enforcement and the security community amongst other dignitaries.
 

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INEC to train journalists ahead of 2023 election

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By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that it would soon commence training for its press corps going by the fact that media coverage in any election conducted by INEC is very crucial

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) Barrister Festus Okoye made made the disclosure on Wednesday at an interactive session with INEC Press Corps at the Commission’s Media Centre, Abuja.

He said the Commission will commence the training soon ahead of the 2023 general election and other bye-election.

“Media coverage of the Commission activities is tedious task in many respects hence the way newly appointed Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) learn on the job is the same way Press Corps learn how to cover the Commission”.

He reiterated the determination of the Commission to conducting a free and fair elections.
The commissioner also explained that INEC has deepened the use of technology in the conduct of elections hence the successes recorded in the recently concluded elections in some states of Nigeria.
According to him, INEC has mapped out an elaborate plan on how to organise a free and fair elections in 2023.
“The Commission has embarked on elaborate plans on how to organise free and fair elections in 2023 and for this reason we will continue to deploy technology which has proved successful in few states including Edo Governorship Election”.
He however said Anambra gubernatorial election will be conducted under the existing INEC Electoral Guidelines although technology will also be used like in Edo state.
Barrister Okoye disclosed that INEC has been consulting with all the stakeholders to ensure that everybody is on the same page, “We have been in consultation with National Assembly, political parties, relevant agencies and National Economic Council (NEC), on the need for all to adopt the new INEC Framework which will solve many problems in the electoral system”.
He stated that the conversion of the Voting Points to Polling Units in the next General Election will enable more participation in the election, “When the new Polling Units are approved Nigerians of 18 years and above will have the opportunity to register and vote at Polling Units very close to them”. He added.
Okoye said INEC will be much pleased if the National Assembly will finish its work on the new Electoral Reforms Law which he said will make the job of the Commission very easy.

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