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Catholic Media Practitioners in Nigeria urged to be more pro active

Tuesday 6 October 2015, by SIGNIS

Kaduna/Brussels, October 6th, 2015 (CNSN/SIGNIS) Catholic Media Practitioners have been called upon to be proactive agents of change in other to facilitate a better Nigerian nation.

The call was part of the recommendations contained in a communiqué issued by the Association of Catholic Media Practitioners (CAMPAN) of the northern states at the end of their 5th Regional Conference, which took place in Kaduna.

During their two-day deliberation on the theme "Media Evangelization and the Nigerian Society", the participants observed, among other things, the need for the pulpit and the media to work together in promoting the gospel, the inability of the Church in Nigeria to maximize the use of ICT and the Social Media for effective evangelization and lukewarm attitude of Catholic Media practitioners working in the secular media in using their organs to promote the Catholic faith and doctrine.

Other areas of concern identified included the influence of negative western cultures on the Nigerian society; the same sex union issue; inadequate capacity building for Catholic media practitioners and poor remunerations for those working for Church organs; unnecessary gate keeping of Church media outfit and the fact that politics cannot be separated from religion.

The communiqué which was jointly signed by Mr. Wika Gofwen and Maria Ihuoma, Chairman and Secretary respectively, recommended among other things the need for synergy with other religious groups in the country in the fight against social ills and alien cultures like same sex union; adequate and continuous training of Catholic media practitioner, adequate remunerations and effective use of ICT and social media for the evangelization mission of the Church.

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Rev. Mathew Ndagoso

They also call on the Church to invest in other means of communications apart from the print media, mobilization and conscientization of Catholic faithful to be actively involved in politics, objective reporting by Catholic media men and sponsorship of religious programmes by dioceses and Church organizations on the television and radio.

The programme, which began with an opening Mass with the Metropolitan of Kaduna, Rev. Mathew Ndagoso as the chief celebrant, also featured presentation of papers on "The Role of the Church and the Media as Agenda Setters" and "The Catholic Media in the Information Technology Age: Harnessing the Power of the Social Media".

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