Nigeria’s High Commissioner to India, Retired Major General Chris Eze, has pledged to strengthen existing relations between the two countries by breaking new grounds in trade, culture and economy.
Eze gave the assurance on Saturday when he received Nigerian journalists currently attending the 70th Session of Development Journalism Programme at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi.
The envoy emphasised that he would break new grounds that would give Nigerians living in India
greater sense both in the public and private sector of that country’s economy.
He listed some of the key sectors to explore as Information, Communication and Technology, Agriculture, Telecommunication, as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 50 Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the two countries since Nigeria-India diplomatic relations was established in 1958.
Eze, therefore, called for greater cooperation between Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the Federal Government on information dissemination to boost economic relations.
The envoy commended the three Nigerian journalists attending the IIMC 70th session for doing the right thing by identifying with the high commission.
He said that the ideal thing should be that MDAs sending delegates abroad would communicate with the country’s embassies in the destination countries ahead of time for proper reception and documentation and expressed concern over the trend of some government officials and Nigerians coming to India without identifying with the commission.
Mr Omini Oden of Nigerian Television Authority who spoke on behalf of the journalists thanked the high commissioner for the reception.
He said “we have come to inform you that we are in your territory. We do not want to wait till we have challenges before coming to identify with you.”
The journalists pledged to collaborate with the commission on the coverage of the Nigerian Day coming up on Oct. 1 and other activities of the commission during the period of stay in India.
Meanwhile, at the orientation lecture organised by IIMC for the 2018-2019 new students and foreign scholars at the IIMC, speakers urged participants to be objective, critical, dynamic and to see journalism as a mission.
One of the guest speakers, Ms Navika Kumar, said that the mission of journalists was to separate facts from fiction and present the plain truth to readers.
Kamar, a Managing Editor with Times Now, an Indian News Channel, who spoke on the topic “Journalism of mission’’, urged journalists to go beyond writing press statements from government agencies to doing investigative reports.
She added that “our mission is to go behind the scene and bring the happenings to our readers and viewers; our mission is to present facts to the people.”