On Thursday, the Civil-Military Department of the Nigerian Army, in partnership with the Ukan Kurugh Foundation, held a seminar for social media in Abakaliki.
The Seminar, which happened to be the 27th of its kind, was tagged “Social Media as an Effective Tool for Enhancing Civil-Military Relations” and aimed to deepen the relationship between the Nigerian Army and civilians.
Addressing the participants, the representative of the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. B. P. Koughna, reassured the participants of the sustainability of the event across the federation as stated in the mandate of the current administration of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, in repositioning the service for operational effectiveness and professionalism of duties.
He said, ‘The seminar is part of the effort geared towards bridging the existing gap with the media and also strengthening the existing relationship with the civil populace.’
Gen. Ugbo thanked the COAS for his unwavering support in making the gathering happen.
Also speaking, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General H. T. Dada, urged social media influencers, bloggers and journalists to help promote the services of the Nigerian Army by posting regular updates on the activities and roles of the Ministry.
He maintained that such updates in the media will go a long way in balancing reportage for personal goals and national interests.
General Dada implored the social media influencers to create public awareness of the dangers of misinformation/fake news for the general security of Nigeria.
He added, ‘The seminar became necessary having understood that millions of Nigerians rely on social media platforms as their sources of information; hence, the need for the influencers and online journalists to fact-check every piece of information at their disposal before sharing it on their various social media platforms and websites.’