OrderPaperToday – The Senate has directed the Ministry of Information to rework its budget and make provisions for effective media operations in the North East.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Information Enyinnaya Abaribe directed that the Ministry should return with a budget document that will cater for the needs all of its media agencies.

Ben Murray Bruce, a member of the Committee lent weight to this recommendation and pointed out that during the Civil War, the media was effectively used to propagate relevant information.

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He then appealed that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and Voice of Nigeria (VON) to revise the current budget document and add required components.

“It would have made more sense for the information budget of the Army to be given to the Ministry of Information to equip these stations to be used by the military as a source of communication.

“For instance, if there is going to be an air raid in a particular area, we can warn the citizens to stay off that particular area. The media can be used like when Buhari did in 1983 for War Against Indiscipline, War Against Corruption, so National Orientation should use the medium that we have.

“I want to ask passionately that they resubmit their budget, taking care of the North East because people are dying. This is not the question of spending money recklessly, so I appeal that the budget be resubmitted, taking care of their needs in the North East; it is very important,” he said.

Bruce recalled that during the Civil War, radio was a very effective way of communication which should also be employed in the war in the North East.

While stressing that information had not been effectively used in the war against insurgency, he restated that the agencies be allowed to carter for the needs in the budget.

He advocated the use of mobile television and radio stations that cannot be easily spotted or destroyed by the insurgent group.

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