By Abdulkareem Haruna
“The media is the nexus between the duty bearers and the people being served, and no organization succeeds without support of the media,” the ManagingDirector Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) Goni Alkali said.
The MD made this remark at the opening of a three days workshop organized by the NEDC in conjunction with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) for media practitioners in the zone.
Mr Alkali said the media has played critical role in promoting the intervention efforts of the Commission.
About 70 journalists from the zone were hosted in Maiduguri, Borno state for a ‘Three-day Capacity Building Workshop on Conflict Sensitive Reporting.
The workshop was opened by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and attended by dignitaries from the NEDC, including the chairman of the board, the MD, and other top directors.
Dr Nathaniel Danjibo from the Institute for and strategic studies, University of Ibadan delivered a paper on Conflict Sensitive Reporting: Applying The ‘Do No Harm’ Principle.
The Vice Chancellor Federal University Kashere, Gombe state, and foremost Mass Communication don, Professor Umar Pate, deliverer the paper on ‘Upscaling Reporters’ Capacity For Sensitive Reporting’.
The journalists that participated are drawn from the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi , Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.
The Deputy National President of NUJ, Alhassan Yahaya, gave a vote of thanks at the end of the training. He commeded the NEDC for responding to one of the three requests of the NUJ which they brought before it when the Union visited the commission in Maiduguri in 2021.
The workshop was facilitate by chief executive of Bani Al Global Nigeria Ltd, Mohammed Kudu Abubakar.