WE ARE ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN NIGERIA, DSS TELLS NIGERIAN BLOGGERS
The Directorate of State Security (DSS) has urged media practitioners, especially bloggers to see themselves as stakeholders in the Nigerian project. This was made known on Wednesday by the Lagos State Director of the Agency when a delegation of Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria, (GPBN) led by its President, Mr. Chris Kehinde Nwandu paid a courtesy visit to the State Headquarters of the Security Agency in Lagos.
Represented by her Deputy, Mr Ahmed, the DSS asked the media to act as partners with Security Agencies in the country to rid Nigeria of criminals and undesirable elements as it is the norm in advanced countries.
The Directorate of State Securirity (DSS) promised that its doors are always wide open to all Nigerians at any given time to volunteer information that will lead to the prevention of crime in whatever form.
The Agency which frowned at the level of crime being perpetrated by some unpatriotic Nigerians stated that rate of crime in Nigeria compared to what is obtainable in other advanced countries is not as high as being magnified by the media. HThe security chief enjoined media practitioners to see themselves first and foremost as patriots, this according to him should reflect on its news delivery especially when reporting sensitive issues bordering on National interest.
He commended the idea behind the formation of Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria; urging bloggers to always verify all information being published in order to avoid unnecessary litigations. On its part, the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria urged the Agency to open a more robust means of communication for Nigerians to report issues relating to crime without unnecessarily endangering their lives when such privileged information gets into the hands of same people being accused. The Guild urged the Agency to build more confidence and trust in Nigerians so that they will be willing to volunteer information without endangering the lives of people.
The GPBN according to its President, Chris Kehinde Nwandu was formed in order to streamline the practice of blogging and online media practices.
Its aims and objectives are to bring some level of Professionalism into the Profession bearing in mind inherent ethical behaviours. The association pledged to support the efforts of the DSS and other relevant Security Agencies towards achieving their core mandates and desired results. It also seeks the support of the Security Agency in the area of unhindered access to information on the activities of the Agency as the law establishing the Agency permits.
Source: GPBN news bulletin