By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Some journalists drawn from print and electronic media have promised to improve their coverage of political, cultural and economic events in Nigeria.
The media practitioners admitted at a workshop that the coverage of diversity was necessary to meet public expectations and deepen democracy and public participation in governance.
The event was organized by Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER and the Institute for International Education, IIE.
“We have the responsibility to reflect the various shades of opinions in Nigeria. We have over 170 million people in Nigeria, the task is immense, but this is not an excuse.
“For us to deepen the culture of democracy, it is important we reflect the critical voices irrespective of their tribe, religion, creed and ethnicity”, the journalists stated in a communiqué.
They said Nigeria is passing through very difficult moments and that effective coverage of diversity will assist the people and the government in find a lasting solution to the myriad of problems that continue to stunt the county’s growth.
The practitioners said though the Nigerian media remains vibrant, but that the people in rural communities and the vulnerable groups remain under reported.