Journalists participating in the ongoing 2010 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council, Media Games have berated the organisers for poor publicity.
The journalists said that they were disappointed with the poor publicity given to the Games now in its fifth edition. They said the inadequate publicity has resulted in poor attendance by members of the union.
They also noted that the 2009 edition recorded huge attendance because of the wide publicity given to it.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the games, which end on Friday, are featuring football, table tennis, tennis, ayo, scrabble, chess and athletics.
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s James Roland, who competed in table tennis and tennis, said that he was not impressed with the organisation of the Games.
“I am not impressed with the facilities in use. We played table tennis in a poorly lit Indoor Sports Hall.
“The organisers have a lot to do in terms of publicity otherwise the Games will peter out; it is unfortunate that newsmen market people and events but cannot not publicise their own event.
“The development is bad for the image of the media,” Roland said.
Medinat Jimoh of the Nation newspaper, who won gold in tennis, said that this year’s event witnessed a low turnout because the Games were not well organised.“I am certain that if the Games were well planned, people would have registered and participated in it,” she said.