By Henry Odeh
The umbrella body of all online journalists and publishers in the south western Nigeria called South West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) has held its first maiden edition of “Unification Luncheon,” and has used the occasion to call on Nigeria’s number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency overhaul the nations security architecture to allow fresh ideas lead the battle against insecurity in the country.
The Chairman of SWEGOP, Mr. Olayinka Agboola, made this disclosure during his welcome address on Friday at a one day event which took place at Development Support Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
Mr Agboola, a veteran journalist with many years of background experience in both print and broadcast media, explained that the security situation in the country calls for concerted efforts by all well meaning Nigerians stressing that security situation in Nigeria should no longer be perceived as being in security agencies alone but all Nigerians.
He said that information highway is becoming more sophisticated on daily basis and such journalists should fully equip themselves with the requisite knowledge to be able to meet up with demands of the emerging global market in news reportage and information dissemination.
He particularly charged SWEGOP members to ensure full compliance with ethos of journalism noting that the competitiveness in new media will easily and naturally edge out anyone and medium that publish works that fall below standard.
Mr Bisi Ladele, the publisher of newspeakonline.com, while speaking earlier, noted that evolvement of journalism currently favours online media, stressing that the emerging global market in information dissemination is a goldmine if online journalists and publishers will fully key into the boundless opportunities that abound in new media.
Participants who spoke during a brief interactive session commended organizers of the event and affirmed that new media is the future of journalism.