International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Newspaper Coverage of the Polemics of Deregulation of the Downstream Sector in Nigeria
Dr. Church S. Akpan; Anorue, Luke Ifeanyi; Obayi, Paul Martins; Onyebuchi, Chima Alexander; Odoemelam, Chinedu Christian; Anorue, Uchenna; Ekwe, Okwudiri C.

This study espoused the role of the media on the disagreement between the government and its citizens on the issue of deregulating the downstream sector. Using the agenda-setting theory and the explanatory mixed method design, the analysis of data were approached from two dimensions. In determining the sample size for quantitative analysis, the multistage sampling technique was employed, which provided for 16 editions of the newspapers selected. The study revealed that media coverage of the deregulation of the downstream sector was certainly high and very impressive. It was concluded that the media of communication can serve as a potent tool in direction the cause of an event. It was recommended, however, that media organisations should collaborate with the government in power to work out modalities on how the coverage of the deregulation process would go in other to foster the greater good of society and democracy at large.

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