The Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh said that gagging the media houses with unverified information is not to the best interest of the nation. He made this statement while delivering his speech at the 5th Communicators conference held in St. Matthias Anglican Church Wuse zone 3, Abuja.
The Cleric said that it is imperative for the general public to develop a critical analytic mind on what people say and sift out the chaff for the general interest of the public. He also frowned at the tendency of some people to exaggerate in the ministry and warned that the public is appalled by such act.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Optimum Use of Electronic Media in the Proclamation of the Gospel and the Furtherance of the Anglican Communion’, Primate Okoh told the Communicators that communication is not an afterthought but a perpetual aspect of the church, for according to him without communication there will be no progress.
Bishop Okoh, charged the Communicators to assist their various Bishops in handling information, especially at this time when information is very critical as it will go a long way in minimizing all forms of negative networks and enable the Bishops to lead the diocese efficiently. He also condemned the act where people use his name to defraud members of the society; describing them as miscreant who want to ridicule or destroy the church.
Archbishop Okoh asked the participants to see themselves as people who transfer the message of the gospel by explaining theological jargons to the understanding of the ordinary people.
Meanwhile, the Director of Communication Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Ven. Foluso Taiwo has charged the Diocesan Communicators to realize that they have been created for a purpose which is to build the world with the untainted word of God and make it a better place for all. He emphasized that as Communicators they must rebuild the moral fibre of the society and the Church by restoring authentic Anglicanism. Ven. Taiwo pointed out that the Conference has drawn its theme from the establishment of the Anglican Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN-TV) which according to him, is giving the Anglican Church a voice to pursue her vision and mission of evangelization with pragmatic zeal. He acknowledged and applauded the effort of His Grace, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh for the dynamic and positive role; he is playing in the Communion and further charged the delegates to make sure that they support this Television station spiritually and financially.
This year’s conference featured sessions of lectures on Creative writing, rudiments of reporting anchored by Rt. Rev. Dr. Blessing Enyindah; the ACNN TV programming by Ms. Debrah Ogazuma; the production and benefits of a Newsletter by Mr. Tunji Oguntuase; A practical approach to Video editing task by Rev. Canon Oghogho; the use of the internet by Muyiwa Akinyele; and Cinematography by Sesan Omotosho. Also, the Communicators were taken to the Television station, so as to enlighten them on how to package programmes and news items from their dioceses. At the end, the Primate of all Nigeria presented certificates to all Diocesan Communicators present.
By Kenneth Ohiri And Ngozi Maduoma