Or­gan­i­sa­tion trains jour­nal­ists on mi­gra­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Euro­pean Union and United Na­tions Or­gan­i­sa­tion on Drugs and Crime is train­ing jour­nal­ists on mi­gra­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion in or­der to add value to their tech­ni­cal ca­pac­ity in mi­gra­tion and de­vel­op­ment re­portage.

The train­ing ac­cord­ing to the Federal Com­mis­sioner Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Refugees, Mi­grants and In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons, Ha­jiya Hadiza Sani-Kangiwa, is part of the ad­vo­cacy ac­tiv­ity aimed at gal­vanis­ing the sup­port needed for the adop­tion of draft na­tional mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the work­shop in Abuja yes­ter­day, SaniKangiwa noted that mi­gra­tion is in­creas­ingly com­ing into sharp fo­cus on the global agenda.

Ac­cord­ing to her, mi­gra­tion is recog­nised as a pow­er­ful ve­hi­cle for boost­ing de­vel­op­ment in both coun­tries of ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion as il­lus­trated in the 2012 re­port of the UN sys­tem task team on the post-2015 UN de­vel­op­ment agenda.

She added that there has been an en­tire process for elab­o­rat­ing the pol­icy documents say­ing the process would not be com­pleted with­out en­gag­ing the me­dia who hold the con­science of the so­ci­ety and are re­quired to per­suade govern­ment to give prompt ap­proval to the mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

The com­mis­sioner also said the train­ing also at­tempts to make me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers ap­pre­ci­ate the im­pact of mi­gra­tion on de­vel­op­ment and shift fo­cus to­wards en­sur­ing that mi­gra­tion fea­tures promi­nently in na­tional dis­cuss and an is­sue of na­tional pri­or­ity.

Ear­lier, Chief of Mis­sion, In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) Sanya Lily who de­scribed mi­gra­tion as man’s old­est ac­tion against poverty said it is im­por­tant for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to dis­cuss the neg­a­tive and pos­i­tive as­pect of mi­gra­tion and cor­rect the mis­take of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons with refugees.

“Regufees are dif­fer­ent from in­ter­nally dis­placed Per­sons be­cause some­body can­not be a refugee in his or her own coun­try of ori­gin. This and many more are what we are out to achieve,” she said.

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