The Director General, National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, has advised Nigerian bloggers to update themselves with ethical framework related to the social media reporting.
Mr Omeri said this at the Nigerian Bloggers And Social Media Media Workshop organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Stability And Reconciliation Programme(NSRP) of the British Council, held at the Lagos Airport Hotel Limited Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Because of the increasing social media trend in the Nigeria, the third leg of the programme was organised with the aim of encouraging ethical and conflict sensitive online content.
As interest in social media heightens, there have been several calls from individuals and various groups, insisting on an ethical framework or code of conduct for online reporting and use of social media.
One of such calls was made via the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria(FRCN) news report on 2nd of March 2015 by one Miss Chioma Ezike from Lagos, calling for effective regulation of the internet space which has become a global issue, saying it is imperative for authorities to put in place measures that will check the excesses of this platform.
According to Omeri, the goal of the programme “is not to infringe on freedom of speech and expression or an attempt by government to impose a regulatory framework on the populace rather, it is to focus on using the social media in promoting peace, unity and national development“.