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Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was on Thursday honoured with the Grand Patron of the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, (FRCN) Enugu Chapter.

He bagged the honoure at the 2022 RATTAWU Week Symposium Awards and Special Recognition held at Enugu Sports Club.

Gov. Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, expressed gratitude to RATTAWU for the recognition, noting that the honour was significant to him as a media-friendly governor.

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He noted that the media was partners in progress of socio-economic development of Enugu State, while assuring the Union that the honour would never be taken for granted.

“That underscores the fact that after the executive, legislature, the Judiciary, the fourth arm of government is Journalism, and journalists.

“That is where you appropriately belong and I therefore want to thank God and thank you, for honouring His Excellency, my boss, our governor, the one and only apostle of political ecumenism in Nigeria, a man of peace, and a man that’s full of humility, we’ve learnt not from the example of his power, but from the power of his example.

“I want to thank RATTAWU, especially your Chairman, who is  selfless, determined, restless,” he said.

In a welcome address, Chairperson of RATTAWU, FRCN Chapter, Comrade Trish Ezeh, said she was delighted to give the governor the honour, noting that the event was put together to explore avenues to improve the welfare and well-being of members in the areas of health, economy, educational and of course information management.

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Ezeh said: “It is also a veritable opportunity for FRCN RATTAWU chapter to reach out to the government and well meaning citizens to come to its aid financially and otherwise.

“This year’s RATTAWU week got kicked-off by a prayer session by all staff, followed by health awareness exercises which involved medical professionals giving medical advices and administering on the spot check up and minor treatment free of charge to the staff.

“I will not end this short speech without acknowledging the wonderful contribution towards the success of this event by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ortuanya, who had in many ways showed us his fatherly care and assistance.”

In a message, the National President of the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) Dr. Kabir Garba Tsanni, represented by the National Vice President South, Prince Emeka Kalu, felicitated with the Union, particularly its State Chairman, Comrade Ndidi Chude for the mentorship he had provided, while urging them to sustain the achievements.

In a lecture entitled, “Social Media Regulation: Impact and Implications” a human development expert, Mr Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa, underscored the need for healthy control of the social media that would still give people freedom to express themselves without being hateful, or instigating violence.

“So basically, within the boundaries of the law, this could be a safe environment for everyone to express themselves, engage in community building and if the government is able to come up with a template to help people achieve that without really crossing those boundaries, then you have a regulation in place.

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Okenwa observed that government could actually generate revenue from the social media by way of taxes rather than imposing inhibiting policies on them which he observed was authoritarian.

“So, I commend the move by the Federal Government to tax social media companies, it is right because the companies generate commercial revenues from the nation,” he said.

He called for more friendly regulations where the platforms on their own could pull down messages it considered harmful, fake and unverified.

In a remark, the Deputy Director News, FRCN Enugu, Chief Stone Echereobia Agomoh, noted that people should not consume everything that they see on the social media, rather develop the mental capacity to distinguish between facts and fake.

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe, appealed to Nigerians to always consider the implications of the things they push on the social media before pushing them.

The event which was part of the week long activities lined up to celebrate the week featured lecture presentation, business talks.

The well attended ceremony attracted critical stakeholders in the media industry, leadership of RATTAWU at the national level; including the State Chairman of the Association, Comrade Ndudi Chude.

Others include, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FRCN Chapel, Comrade Obinna Ogbuka, Assistant Secretary, NUJ, State Council, Comrade Ifeoma Amuta; General Manager, Coal City FM, Joy Obitulata; Deputy Director Programmes, Mr. Gregory Odiakosa and numerous others.

Some members of staff also received awards for their services to the corporation.

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