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Expert underscores media, government, youth roles in conflict resolution

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By Ruth Oginyi

A communication scholar, Professor Umaru Pate, has underscored the role of the media, government, and youths in conflict resolution; maintaining that the three tiers play a major role in either escalating or de-escalating conflicts in the society.

Pate, who is the national president of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), stated this during the empowerment lecture series of the Abia state chapter of the association on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Represented by the vice president Southeast, Dr. Ifeyinwa Nsude, Pate noted that the media had been in the lead mediation, both to prevent and resolve conflicts through their reports.

“The media have been in the lead mediation both to prevent and resolve conflicts through their messages. Conflict is an ill-wind that does nobody any good as it is capable of consuming even those that escalate conflicts.

“Youth’s restiveness especially in this period of economic depression and unparalleled youth unemployment is like a boxer ox waiting to explode as we witnessed a pre-taste of that bitter pill during the October 2020 #ENDSARS protest in the country.

“The empowerment series which is taking place today is a flagship program designed for participants mainly professionals and students, to listen to a personality who has played a major role in the evolution of media and communication in Nigeria to improve participants’ learning and practice. The symbiotic relationship between media professionals and scholars will no doubt make them more united,” he said

The Southeast vice president, Nsude in her own remarks, noted that the association which began in 2014 would continue to promote the unity of the country.

She explained that to contribute meaningfully to national development, ACSPN at the national level devised a means to reach people at the grassroots with needed information because information is power.

Sir Onyekwere Okpara, the chairman at the event, emphasised that, in light of the security situation in Nigeria, solution to the problem was what everyone should think about.

He lamented that the youth of the country were at the receiving end of the security challenges and yet they (youths) were the ones used to cause mayhem in the country. He urged them to have a rethink.

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