The Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Triumph Publishing Company Limited, Malam Lawal Sabo Ibrahim has tasked traditional media practitioners to tame the threat of unprofessional and spreading unsubstantial news to people through social media medium.
He made call when he received a delegation led by Zone A Vice President of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in his office.
According to him, the issue of social media poses a challenge to traditional media, saying that something urgent actions needed to be taken to tackle the menace.
“We always complain that social media is posing challenge and it seems like we are trying to lose the war because some editors rely on such unsubstantial news posted in the social media without going out to scout for substantial news,” he said.
The Managing Director added that with the recent development, the war on spreading unsubstantial news was not achievable, noting that the tradition media has been recognized for so long, asking further: “Why do we allow social media to dictate the tune?”
He also charged NAWOJ to come up with issue of fighting fake news in the social media by collaborating with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Guild of Editors and other related organizations to come up with solutions in tackling the monster.
Earlier speaking, the Zone A Vice President of NAWOJ, Hajiya Halima Musa said the association was identifying with his leadership in mending The Triumph perfectly with the support of the present administration in revamping the company.
“This is a clear demonstration of commitment of the Ganduje administration towards the progressive ideals and development of the society,” she stated.
The association seeks support of The Triumph in advocating for the cause of the girl child education in commemoration with the International Day for the Girl Child 2018 with the theme: ‘With Her a Skilled Girl Force,’ saying it was disheartening UNICEF statistic showed that about a million children are out of school in the state alone with girls making bulk of the figure.
Hajiya Halima Musa explained that the situation is unacceptable and needs proactive response from all stakeholders and the media in addressing the situation and bridging the gap.
She further explained the association is embarking on an aggressive campaign to create awareness on the need for the parents not only to send their daughters to school but to allow them to remain and complete with school as well as acquire skills that would help them be self-reliant and employable devoid of reliance on others.
Those on the entourage were the Deputy President of the association, Hajiya Maryam Atto Muhammad; the state chairperson, Hajiya Amina Muhammad Usman; Khadija Sa’id Zonal Secretary; Hadiza Yakubu Sence, PA to the zone and many others.