Journalists hail IOM for training opportunities

Journalists from various media houses across the country have lauded the International Organisation for Migration, (IOM) for the training opportunities constantly given to them.

The journalists spoke at the end of a three-day training programme organised by the IOM in conjunction with School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

The programme which was facilitated by the Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA) paraded seasoned speakers who delved into their wealth of experience to impact knowledge into the participants.

Each presentation was thunderously applauded by the elated journalists.

Nigeria is one of the pilot countries to benefit from the newly established GMMA platform, a program to support quality reporting on migration by student and professional journalists. Other pilot countries include Mexico, Serbia, Morocco, and the Philippines.

The participants decried the training as unique, and totally different from trainings organised by other organisations.

“This is a master class, this reporter who took part in the training said, adding: “It was not the kind of training where lecturers come to bore you with irrelevant textbook quotes. Participatory approach was adopted and time was strictly adhered to. I sincerely appreciate the IOM for refreshing an enriching our knowledge and interest in migration reporting. I say kudos to them.”

Hauwa Bata of Radio Nigeria Peace FM, Maiduguri, Borno State, commended the IOM and its partners for putting the training together for journalists.

Speaking on what she learnt during the intensive training programme, she said: “I learnt how culture play a vital role in influencing migration  and how important it is for us journalists to educate people on the right steps to take when migration is concerned.

Bosede Adelaja of Vanguard Newspaper was full of praises for the IOM, describing the organization and its partners as groups that value and appreciate the place of training for journalists.

Bukola Abe of Radio One 103.5fm said: “The training was of immense benefit to my career in the media. “The need to reconfigure the society through shared societal patterns and ethnic models was stressed. I learnt about the spate of culture loss and the role of the media in instilling core values of each ethnic tribe as culture can be lost and extinct forever. I learnt as a media practitioner to change the narrative by using my pen to cause a change in the behavioural patterns of the people with an assurance that the impact of accurate information cannot be overemphasised.

IOM’s Awareness Raising Officer, Cyprine Cheptekpeny, noted that the training of journalists was aimed at improving reportage on migration.

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