Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 December 2012

Nigeria: When Kaduna NUJ Sensitises Journalists On Way to Report Conflict

Kaduna — The Correspondents' Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kaduna State chapter, on Tuesday organised a one-day capacity building workshop to sensitise its members on the way to report conflict situations. The workshop, themed 'Role of the Media in Crisis Management and Resolution' brought together eminent personalities as resource persons.

In his presentation, Professor Muhammad Tawfiq Ladan of the Department of Public Law of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, urged the media to trade with caution while discharging its duties."Those who work in the media must understand that because it can influence people it can also, in irresponsible or reckless hands, turn into a weapon of mass destruction. For media practitioners and intellectuals as for everyone else, exceptional importance must be attached to their civic and ethical position and their capacity to generate ideas that will form the building blocks for the culture of tolerance and peace in the world," Prof Ladan said.

Also, in his remarks, Colonel Sani Uthman, who is the spokesperson of the 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, said the media has a big role to play in addressing the present security challenges facing the country. Colonel Uthman said Nigerian military needs the support of the media to succeed in its fight against terrorism and other security challenges.

In a message, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) described the emergency cases in the country as overwhelming.

Alhaji Sani Sidi cited the case of the recent flooding in parts of the country, describing them as avoidable. "Unlike in other parts of the world, it is regrettable that most of Nigeria's emergency cases are manmade and not natural. If we obey structural planning and the appropriate drainage regulations, this issue of flooding would have been controlled. "NEMA is really concerned with the rate of crises in Kaduna state because the area is virtually becoming a place where people no longer want to go and do business, which was not the case in the recent past," Sidi said.

In his contribution, the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Tsauri Tata, a Director at the Federal Ministry of Defence, noted that the media have a great role to play in the promotion of peaceful co-existence in the society.

While making his address, the chairman of the Kaduna State Correspondents' Chapel, Mr. Luka Binniyat, said journalists will continue to discharge their social responsibility without fear or favour but with national and societal interests as guiding principles.

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