The charge to all MEDIA REPS to regain back their lost glory and position in society as The FOURTH ESTATE OF THE REALM/PILLAR OF DEMOCRACY. This was very paramount in the presentation by AFRONELLY on the ROLES & IMPACT OF MEDIA IN RIVERS STATE during EU-ACT Partners Roundtable by EU & #BritishCouncil. She also emphasized the need for ECOCENTRISM TO BE ADOPTED BY ALL AND SUNDRY.
Excerpts from NAN:
The EU-ACT focal person in Rivers, Temple Oraeki, made the call during a workshop for partners of EU-ACT, CSOs and media representatives in Port Harcourt; explained that ACT programmes designed by the EU were in response to the identified need to invest in and engage with CSOs and provide capacity-strengthening support to the selected ones, among other objectives.
Also speaking, Wonne Afronelly of MyEnvironment MyWealth Nigeria urged the media to assist the CSOs and NGOs in identifying quality content and liaising with them to create sustainable content.
She called on the media to reach out to the grassroots through the organisations, adding that they should always engage the government in every way possible to maintain the trust as the watchdog.
Ms Afronelly, however, noted that funding was important for CSOs to achieve sustainable development.
Speaking on ECOCENTRISM, she charged everyone to be responsible Ecocentric being.
Excerpt from @kristina.reports by Missionary Nweke:
This was the fulcrum of discussions at a roundtable discussion organized by the European Union Agents for Citizens-Driven Transformation (EU-ACT) on Monday, September 5, 2022 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with participation from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and media practitioners.
Speaking at the event, the EU-ACT Focal Person in Rivers State, Temple Oraeki stressed the need for collaboration between CSOs and media practitioners in the State, noting that such relationship would make the society a better place for all.
On her part, the environmentalist and media practitioner, @WonneAfronelly stressed the need for the Media to champion the development of the society in collaboration with civil society organizations, emphasizing that it was imperative for the Media to avoid derailing from upholding its position as the fourth estate of the realm.
She urged the Media to assist CSOs and NGOs to identify quality content that would promote sustainable development and liaise with them to development and promote such contents across the media space.
Enjoining the media practitioners to mainstream grassroots development in concert with the CSOs, @Afronelly urged the Media to always engage government in every way possible in order to maintain the trust as the watchdog, noting, however, that funding was key for CSOs to achieve sustainable development, appealing to the Media to support sponsorship to them.
The EU-ACT programme, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the British Council, aims at contributing to more inclusive, effective, accountable and gender responsive development through enhancing the credibility and role of CSOs as drivers of change for sustainable development in Nigeria.