Winners Chapel Founder, Oyedepo Backs Regulation Of Social Media, Says Youths Can’t Suppose, Plan
Living Faith Church Worldwide Overseer General David Oyedepo has endorsed the Nigerian government’s proposed social media regulation.
He announced the charges in his speech on Friday at the seventh convocation of Landmark University in Omu-Aran, Kwara state.
In his opinion, unrestricted access to social media platforms is robbing young people of the future, while he called for urgent steps to review unrestricted access to social media.
The Landmark University Chancellor said that many young people spend most of their time chatting and have less time on productive tasks.
“It unconsciously robs people of their future by robbing them of their time – no time to think; no time to plan; no time to program, ”said Oyedepo.
“This generation could lose its heroes to a social media disaster. Here is a creeping snake that is devouring the fate of many people.
“We have to wake up from our sleep to deal with this monster. Young people, watch out! Social media addiction is like drug addiction. It can make a whole fate useless.
“This social media saga has undermined the fate of most young people today. What is supposed to be a plus has suddenly become a big minus, because everything that is of value delivers through expenditure of time.
“Suddenly we are facing a generation on the wrong side of history; the honor of this generation has been wiped away – chatting all day with no time to think, plan, program, or be productive in completing each task.
“Many young people spend less than 10 to 20 percent of their time per day on their tasks. You can never keep up with a generation that spends 70 to 80 percent of their time on their chores.
“We need to find means to check free access to social media, especially those that do not create value. Life is a race. Everyone should go out on the track, ready for the course of their life. “
SaharaReporters reported on Wednesday June 16 that the Nigerian government led by Muhammadu Buhari had asked the House of Representatives to pass a law regulating social and online media in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also called on federal lawmakers to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) law to empower the commission to regulate social and online media.
The minister urged this at a public hearing organized by the legislature on Wednesday through its House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values.
According to the minister, the commission should be able to regulate online media in addition to other broadcasting channels.
Section two (b) of the ABC Law reads: “(1) The Commission has Commission [the] Responsibility for receiving, processing, and reviewing applications to establish, own, or operate radio and television broadcasters, including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and other transmission media. “
But Mohammed said, “I want to add explicitly here that internet broadcasting and all online media should be included because we have a responsibility to monitor content, including Twitter.”