Ugonma Cokey, Lagos
Journalists for Christ (JfC), in collaboration with the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and the Bread for the World (German Protestant Agency for Diaconia Development) is set to launch a new project aimed at bringing to limelight for institutional attention, the rights and welfare issues faced by Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria.
JfC President, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin while announcing the launch, says the project entitled, ‘Advancing the rights and welfare of IDPs through the media’ will help to consolidate efforts in alleviating the pitiable living conditions of IDPs.
According to Mr Otufodunrin, the programme is expected to run from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022
It will provide information on the trend in reportage of IDPs and training for journalists and writers on enhanced reporting of IDP issues.
A small team of journalists across the country will be commissioned to write special investigative reports on issues concerning IDPs and engender stakeholders’ engagement; conduct series of media-driven advocacy to advance the welfare of IDPs.
Overall, the one-year project is expected to drive positive reportage of IDPs in the media and attract policy change to improve the welfare and rights of IDPs.
“The new project will build up two earlier projects; Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of IDPs in Africa and Managing Internal Displacements in Nigeria supported by WACC and Otto Per Mille ( Weldesian Church), Italy.
As a media based organization, we are among others, committed to advocating for the communication rights of all citizens, including many who are voiceless,” the JfC President stated.
Across the Nigeria, the population of IDPs is growing and there is the need for sustained media on their plight.
Edited by Eniola Ajayi
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