Fuel Subsidy Palaver: Analysis of the Nigerian Press Coverage of January 2012 Nation-Wide Strike

TitleFuel Subsidy Palaver: Analysis of the Nigerian Press Coverage of January 2012 Nation-Wide Strike
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Adeyemi, A.
Affiliation (1st Author)Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.
Section or WGCrisis Communication Working Group
DateThurs 27 June
Slot CodeCRIT1a
Slot Code (Keyword)CRIT1a
Time of Session9:00-10:30
RoomHG17
Session TitleFinancial Crisis and Communication
Submission ID7278
Abstract

Fuel Subsidy Palaver,, Analysis of the Nigerian Press Coverage of January 2012 Nation-Wide Strike By Dr. Adeyemi Aderogba Department of Languages and Linguistics College of Humanities and Culture Osun State University Osogbo, Nigeria. Tel ,, 2347069472020 e-mail,, draderogbaadeyemi@gmail.com or draderogbaadeyemi@yahoo.com Abstract Various attempts made by the Federal Government of Nigeria in recent years to remove subsidy on petrol and deregulate the downstream sector of Nigerian oil industry caused serious public uproars. Another attempt at removing subsidy on petrol was made on the first of January 2012 and as usual, the people vehemently resisted the attempt. This paper examined the press coverage of the crisis. Content analysis was the research method adopted for this study. Several content categories were derived for the study and a total number of 1243 fuel subsidy relevant articles from four widely circulated newspapers were content analyzed. Social responsibility theory of the press is considered relevant to the study. It was discovered that overwhelming majority of stories published in the four selected newspapers, that is, 946 or 76.6 percent of the total number of articles published, appeared to be negative to the government position. 788 or 63.4 percent of the articles were considered anti-subsidy removal, while only 197 or 15.85 percent supported the government on the issue. Preferred genre of the newspapers was news story with 685 or 55.15 percent of the articles. In terms of prominence, 95 or 7.64 percent of all the stories made the front page, while 1133 or 87.92 percent stories appeared in inside page. Advantages of deregulation in petroleum industry notwithstanding, government officials need to deliver to the people more dividends of democracy. That would boost people’s confidence in government and allows for better support of government programme. Key words,, Fuel subsidy removal, anti subsidy removal, pro subsidy removal, corruption, oil industry, deregulation of petroleum sector, nation-wide strike.

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