Media Practitioner Cautions Against Abuse Of Social Media

7 February 2021 By Victoria Abah

The Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Muhammed Onogwu has urged citizens of the State to ensure the social media space is used to consistently promote the good work and people of the State.

He made this appeal while delivering an address at the 3rd edition of the Kogi Social Media Award ceremony with the theme: “Social Media and Good Governance”.

The Governor’s spokesman in his presentation explained that the social media has more than ever before, become a veritable and effective communication platforms used by the citizens to make demands for good governance and justice.

He maintained that with over 3 billion users cutting across the globe, young persons formed the larger part of it using the platform as a safe bay to express their opinions for or against individuals, organisation or government.

Mr. Onogwu, however stressed that the abuse of the social media has a more damaging impact on governance as well as other crucial aspects of the society and human endeavors.

He stressed that some abuses like fake news, yellow journalism, sharing information without a known source, outright disregard, ethnic or religious bigotry and several other abuses have now become the norm on these platforms.

The CPS maintained that if left unchecked such abuses could pose great threats to the democratic foundation upon which governance is laid.

He suggested that to have a lasting solution to some of these issues, there should be self regulation, individual responsibility, caution and restraint; positive criticisms, developmental agenda and unity as watchword.

Mr. Onogwu at the event also bagged an award of ‘Kogi Social Media, Man of Honour.’

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