Prof Eugene Nweke, lecturer in the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), has called on organisers of the Big Brother Nigeria (BBN), a reality television show to include tasks that would enhance national development in the programme’s activities.
Nweke, Dean, Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences in the university made the call in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
The don who applauded organisers of the annual reality TV programme said that there was much the show could offer to the country and African continent in terms of national development if properly harnessed.
Nweke therefore called on the organisers to include tasks that would avail the housemates to speak on roles and benefits of youth participation in electoral system; adoption of e-voting as used in the BBN, campaign against corruption in the continent among others.
He said: “I am calling on the organisers of Big Brother Naija in view of the large audience with the high concentration of youths to include tasks that will address nation-building issues.
Prof Eugene Nweke
” These include; youths participation in the electoral system, campaign against corruption, promotion of sustainable development not only in Nigeria but in the African continent.
“Since the programme has a very wide audience and viewed across the continent, it will serve as an avenue to highlight nation-building issues in addition to other gains or tasks the housemates are performing.
“The election management body can learn from the e-voting system process used by the audience to determine winners and advance our electoral system.
“Also, if youths who are there as participants in this reality television show can speak on the ills of election malpractice, corruption and other social vices it will serve as a fulcrum to promote good governance in the country and sustainable development in Africa.”