IPC Presents Documented Campaign Promises of Tinubu, Launches App for Media Code

IPC Presents Documented Campaign Promises of Tinubu, Launches App for Media Code

The International Press Centre (IPC) on Tuesday presented two important materials – documented campaign promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and launched a tool – media and election IOS/Web App. The presentation, before critical stakeholders, particularly the media and civil society organization, was in line with the Centre’s mandate of strengthening the role of the

The International Press Centre (IPC) on Tuesday presented two important materials – documented campaign promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and launched a tool – media and election IOS/Web App. The presentation, before critical stakeholders, particularly the media and civil society organization, was in line with the Centre’s mandate of strengthening the role of the media in democratic governance.

According to Ms. Melody Akinjiyan, Press Freedom Officer and Project Officer EU-SDGNII in her welcome address: “the documentation and presentation of thirty (30) key campaign promises of President Bola Tinubu, as independently monitored by the IPC media monitoring unit between October 2022 and February 2023 is part of IPC’s interventions and engagements in the 2023 electoral processes and elections.

“It entailed, among others, the tracking and analysis of the trends in media coverage using as basic sample ten print media and ten online news media (The Punch, The Guardian, Daily Sun, Vanguard, ThisDay, Nigerian Tribune, The Nation, Leadership, Daily Trust, Daily Independent, The Cable, Premium Times, Eagle Online, RealNews, Authority, Wikki Times, Qualitative magazine, Next Edition, PenPushing and IKENGA)”, she stressed.

She said the monitoring of the presidential campaign promises was part of a broader framework of ongoing media monitoring of the trends in media reportage of electoral and democratic governance issues over an 18-month period.

Ms. Akinjiyan said IPC created the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage for IOS and the Media Election App, adding that the media election code is a set of guidelines for journalists and other media professionals and relevant election stakeholders aimed at contributing to the creation of an enabling environment for the media to effectively perform its professional obligations during electoral processes.

She said in presenting the documented Presidential campaign promises, IPC hopes that it will give the media, the civil society and the citizens the opportunity to evaluate their implementation by the president. “We urge the media and civil society to adopt the same approach to the elected Governors and their campaign promises. For the media in particular, this should be done with particular reference to Section 22 of the constitution, which obligates the press to perform the watchdog role of monitoring governance and holding the government accountable to the people.

In his lead presentation, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, founding Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, strategy and Development (Centre LSD) who spoke on “Beyond the rhetoric of campaigns: the role of Citizens and the media in ensuring democratic accountability” lamented that :”liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation.

Dr. Igbuzor who said it was imperative to hold government accountable emphasized that :”governing requires the development of long-term, medium-term and annual plans; making annual budgets; making necessary laws and policies; setting up effective and efficient mechanism for delivery; appointment of competent and capable people with character; performance management and instituting an effective monitoring and evaluation system”.

He said holding government to account will promote accountability and transparency and prevent corruption. “This is very important in a country like Nigeria where the level of corruption is very high”, stressing that accountability requires that government provides information to the governed.

Dr. Igbuzor identified six tools that could be used to promote accountability and prevent corruption.

These are parliamentary oversight, citizen’s oversight, report card, technology, public interest litigation and protest or demonstration. Speaking on the role of the citizens and the media, Dr Igbuzor said these includes citizen oversight/social accountability, social audit, budget analysis, report card, use of technology, public interest litigation and protest/demonstration.

“For good governance and development to take place in any country requires communication between citizens and their government. The mass media is the means for communicating to large, heterogenous and widely dispersed audiences. The three main types of mass media today are print media (newspapers and magazines); broadcast media (radio and television) and social media.

Executive Director IPC Mr. Lanre Arogundade who put the 80 delegates comprising media practitioners and the civil society practitioners on the highlights of independently complied/ documented Campaign promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu urged the media to make use of the App to track the electoral promises of the president.

Mr. Arogundade said the electoral promises of the president was independently documented said the EU has no role in the compilation of the document.

Mr. Ayobami Oyalowo an aide of the President said the plan of the new administration is written and cast in stone.
On agriculture, we want to produce and add value. ” Not only raw materials but add value to export the goods. Instead of exporting products for other countries to add value and then export to us to import,we intend to encourage bother local and foreign companies to establish industries “, he said.

“We want to make Nigeria less of import based country,” he said adding that with the recent political appointments so far made by the president, it has shown that the president is gender sensitive in appointing four females out nine Special Advisers.

Dr Igbuzor who categorised the role of the media in the political arena into two namely traditional role and new evolving role stressed that democracy still remains the best form of government despite declining confidence in political leaders and institutions.

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