NEDC moves to boosts Journalists performance, organizes zonal workshop


NEDC moves to boosts Journalists performance, organizes zonal workshop

Jethro Yerga

In order to improve the quality of conflict Sensitive reporting among journalists, especially in the North East Region of Nigeria, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has began deliberate move to build the capacity of Journalists through training and retraining.

As part of the move, the commission had put up a three Day Capacity Building Workshop on conflict Sensitive reporting for journalists practicing in the North East Region.

Participants aptly listen to one of the resource persons at the workshop

The workshop which drew participants across the six states of the region, including Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states, was held at Dujima International Hotel Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

For the the three days of eventful activities with the men of the ‘pen profession’, participants were exposed to several issues surrounding conflict Sensitive  reporting and practical ways of dealing with such reports were unravelled in a thrilling and jovial moment by experience resource persons.

Taraba State participants in a snapshot with NEDC officials and other distinguished personalities

Declaring the occasion opened, the Minister for Humanitarian affairs, Hajya Sadia Farouk who was represented by Group Captain Sadiq Shehu (Rtd), appreciated the resilience of journalists towards information decimation and encouraged them to continue living up to the tenets of their profession despite all the challenges they face in the course of discharging their responsibilities.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alkali Goni in his remark, urged journalists to provide peacemakers a platform, through which they could restore tranquility in the North East region.

The Deputy National President, NUJ, Alhassan Yahya on a closing remark at the end of the workshop

Goni said the purpose of the workshop was to equipped journalists with good sense of editorial judgement to enable them report conflicts in a manner that would tamed down crises and prevent it from escalating.

In a paper presentation at the occasion, a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Dr. Nathaniel Dominic Danjibo, maintained that journalists and media owners must consider themselves as mediators on issues of conflict and crisis.

He advises that, in every report bordering on conflict, issues of National interest should override no matter how much a reporter stands to gain from exaggerated reportage of such event.

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, Prof. Umar Fate on behalf of NEDC, presents Certificate of attendance and a modern gadget to one of the participants from Taraba, Comr. Jethro Yerga

Danjibo cautioned journalists to always avoid sensational headlines that would trigger feelings that would cause conflict against each other in the country especially the North East, even as he urged them to always cross check facts before rushing to the press particularly in times of crisis.

While frowning at the negative impact the leadership of the country has on reports in the media, Danjimo challenged journalists to put off regional, sectional, religious, ethnic and political differences and engage in peace reporting, insisting that it was the only way to catch up with the development progress of the developed countries.

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, Umar Fate presenting a paper at the occasion

In another paper presented by the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Prof. Umar Pate, the journalists were encouraged to see Nigeria as their only home and do everything possible to protect it through effective and accurate reportage.

The Vice Chancellor who took the journalists on the topic ‘‘Conflict-sensitive Reporting from the Humanitarian Dimension’’, challenged journalists who allow sentiment to overwhelmed them in the course of performing their duties and urged them to desist from such unprofessional habits.

The National President, NUJ, Chief Charles Isikuzo presents Certificate of attendance and a modern gadget to one of the female participants at the occasion on behalf of NEDC

He maintained that conflict and war emanate from the perception of individuals and urged journalists to work more on the ethic of their profession, rather than the belief and perceptions of the people.

Meanwhile, participants were at the end of the workshop, presented logistics to enhance their performance.


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