CSO trains journalists on migration reportage in Kano –
By Nasiru Yusuf Tsakuwa
A non-governmental organisation, Civic Society on Migration and Development has trained 20 journalists from 10 media houses in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States.
Speaking at the last day of a two-day capacity building workshop for media agencies on migration reportage in Kano, the Executive Director of Civic Society on Migration and Development, Dr. Emeka Chris Obiezu appealed to National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, which is the coordinating agency of migration in the country to integrate media into the technical working group of the national migration management architecture in the nation.
Dr. Obiezu said it is imperative to ensure that the media are fully represented as key actors at the technical working group to serve as a channel of coordinating their reportage on migration towards strengthening migration governance in the country.
Having identified misappropriation of basic terminologies and other challenges of the media in reporting migration, the Executive Director said after the review and validation, the ethical guidelines generated at the workshop, it would also guide the media towards complementing stakeholders’ efforts on immigration reportage.
Dr. Obiezu observed that 80 per cent of migrants in Nigeria are internal, yet journalists pay little or no attention to internal migrants’ related stories.
He said he was optimistic that the workshop, which centered on the role of the media in migration, would go a long way in changing the narrative.
He advised media practitioners to inculcate the habit of writing stories that highlight both positive and negative sides of migration stories as the case may be.
A communication consultant, who doubles as a facilitator at the workshop, Prof. Ikechukwu Anthony Kalu said there are a number of migrants who are making their countries and continent proud through their innovations and news worthy contributions to national development, noting that such stories should also be given priority attention by the media to ensure balanced reports.
The University Don observed that due to lack of required skills and knowledge, most of migration reports lack accuracy and humanity.
He however urged journalists to desist from sensational stories by strictly adhering to the required national and international guidelines and principles of reporting immigration related matters.