The economic impact of growing insecurity in Nigeria has been estimated at over N50 trillion and led to almost 100 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty. Media owners, entrepreneurs and PR professionals are coming together to discuss the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and proffer solutions.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), is amplifying the media’s voice in this seemingly impossible security situation in its March 24th seminar in Lagos and virtually.
Dr. Segun Alabi, Head, Corporate Communications, LCCI, said the media perspective is mission-critical in finding solutions to Nigeria’s security crisis.
The theme of the forum is, “Economic Stability and Security as Tools for National Development: The Media Perspective.”
Expected at the forum are: Mr Olufemi Awoyemi, Chairman, Proshare, Mr Obi Asika, Co-Founder, Social Media Week, Lagos, Mr Boason Omofaye, Show Anchor, Arise news channel, Ms Mofe Oyatogun, On-Air Personality, Star FM.
Others are: Mr Tolulope Ogunjobi, Business Editor, TVC, Dr Femi Adekoya, Business Editor, Guardian Newspaper, Sheriff Quadry, Programs Manager, Nigerian Info FM and Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
“They have listened to others, reported their stories and amplified the voices of the masses, but as members of the fourth estate of the realm, their voices are unheard.
“As a result, we have decided to use this forum to amplify their voices and engage them on the pathway to Nigeria’s economic prosperity.”
Guns or pens? Nigeria’s N1.7 trillion security bill
Tackling security in Nigeria is costing a fortune. Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for security jumped from N950 billion in 2015 to a staggering N1.78 trillion in 2020.
But the security challenges remain.
The Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace has ranked Nigeria 146 among 163 independent nations and territories according to its level of peacefulness. Nigeria is ranked eighth among the least peaceful countries in Africa.
What the guns cannot do, perhaps the power of the pen can.