British Broadcasting Corporation inaugurates Media Committee on HIV/AIDS in Ogun

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British Broadcasting Corporation {BBC}, the World Service Trust has inaugurated the Media Committee for Ogun State which overall goal is to serve as a custodian of the Media activities towards enhancing the state response to HIV/AIDS.

The inaugurated Media Practitioners include; Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji{Next Newspapers}, Tunde Sodeke{Gateway Television}, Temitope Ugbechie{Gateway Radio}, Timilehin Akinbode{Paramount F.M}, Afolabi Lawal{Nigeria Television Authority}, Mojisola Solaja{Gateway Television} and Kehinde Akinyemi{Daily Trust}

Members' inauguration took place at Richton Hotel and Suites, Abeokuta where objectives of the setting up of the media committee were read out to them. The ceremony also witnessed lecture entitled 'the ion Committee situation report of HIV and AIDS in the state' was delivered by Director, State Action on Aids {SACA}, Ranti Oladeinde.

Similarly, other topics discussed at the ceremony which also served as platform for Media Forum include Gender in HIV which was anchored by Community Mobilization Officer, for State Action on Aids {SACA}, Mrs. Grace Adeniji, while overview of Enhancing Nigeria's Response {ENR} was equally discussed.

The BBC World Service Trust representative, Nasir Nluazu-Isa while inaugurating the committee, said they should select HIV priority issues to ensure that an appropriate HIV campaign relevant to the state is maintained

The committee should also plan media {radio and television} deployment for special events and seasons, on a thematic basis and also audience interactive for. He added that effectively design news feed for the HIV news coverage by newspapers in the state.

According to him, 'In this area, synergy will be encouraged between Civil Society Organization's and newspaper columnists for full exploration of the state-relevant HIV issues under columns. Regular meetings with the media committee members in all the states will help track the progress of writing.

He stated further that British Broadcasting Corporation {BBC} World Service Trust will use this medium to give regular updates about HIV news and the campaign of the trust, 'West Service Trust can use this platform to raise awareness among politicians that independent media coverage is beneficial to them'