The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Open Society Foundation (OSF) has trained 20 Adamawa journalists on early warning and early response reportage in the state.
Speaking during the one-day training in Yola, Bertha Ogbimi, CISLAC’s Senior Programme Officer, Peace and Security, said the objective of the training was reawakening the consciousness of journalists on their responsibilities.
She urged the participants to see themselves as the mouthpiece of the community to ensure peace and security in the society.
Ogbimi also urged the participants not to be bias in their reportage and to ensure social responsibility that affects community.
Dr Saheed Owonikoko of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, a resource person, also charged journalists to ensure conflict sensitive reportage.
He said the aim of early warning and early response reportage is to prevent conflict or other issues not to happen and it is cheaper than curing it when it happens.
According to him, it also helps to avoid negative impact and try to maximise positive impact.
Aisha Mohammed, one of the participants, appreciated CISLAC and the resource persons for the training.
She said that the training have improved their skills as the watch dogs of the society to be observers, investigators and ensure balance as well as to be sensitive in their reportage in maintaining peace and security in the society.