The Country Director, Actionaid Nigeria Ene Obi has called on journalists to focus more on stories that are geared towards restoration of peace, conflict resolution and prevention of violent extremism in the communities.
The country Director, represented by the Director Organizational effectiveness, Fumilayo Oyefusi during a three day media training for selected journalists from Kogi and Nassarawa States on Advanced Conflict Sensitive Reportage held at the Goshen City, Nasarawa State said journalists must always take note of their personal safety while reporting crisis or conflict situations.
Funmilayo said ‘no story is worth dying for’.
She encouraged journalists to report violence and crisis situation objectively. Saying balance and accurate reporting give fair hearing to all sides involved in a conflict.
Amongst facilitators, a veteran investigative journalist, Ibanga Isine emphasised on how journalists could play major roles at avoiding and managing conflicts at all levels in and around the states and the country at large.
Isine advised journalists to display professionalism in ways they report conflict, saying, handling conflict at its latent level could avoid it gets to violent extremism where lives and properties become threatening.
He also advised reporters to do a thorough findings to always get to the root of any cause of conflict in oder to put a lasting solution that could restore peaceful coexistence among aggrieved parties.
On managing conflict and dealing with violence extremism through information technology, the facilitator, Charles Opetu urged journalists to derive scientific means of tracking crimes, conflicts and it perpetrators.
Opetu advised usage of various recording gadgets and some applications that could help do the job better.
The Resilience Programme Coordinator, Anicetus Atakpu, appreciated efforts of journalists toward spreading Actionaid programmes during the Phase One of SARVE in Kogi state.
He said amongst results recorded are successful empowerment programmes set in various communities in four local government areas cut across the Kogi East and Kogi Central, women and youths trained on skills acquisitions and the most of it is the signing into law, the bill of rights of youths and Matters therein by the present administration of Yahaya Bello.
Anicentus also said, that phase two
of System and Structures Strengthening Approach Against Radicalization to Violent Extremism ( SARVE), was aimed at strengthening community resilience against violent extremism which he said its action plans are spread across twenty four communities of twelve local government areas in Kogi and in Nasarawa States.
He said the Actionaid programmes are funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, (GCERF), which will last for a period of three years.
The six LGAs in Kogi State are; Igalamela/Odolu, Ankpa, Adavi, Okehi, Lokoja and Kogi, while six LGAs in Nassarawa State are; Obi, Lafia, Nassarawa-Eggon, Akwanga, Toto and Nassarawa.
The targeted groups for the SARVE two project according to Atakpu includes, school children of ages 0-15years, youths within the age bracket of 15- 35 years, women and men from ages 36 and above.
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