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Disaster Management: NEMA organizes Interactive Session with media organizations

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has organised a one-day media workshop/interactive session for journalists and Spokespersons of response agencies from Kano and Jigawa States on the role of the media in disaster management.

Participants at the workshop
Participants at the workshop

Dr Nuraddeen Abdullahi, NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office, said the workshop was to create an atmosphere of experience sharing and ideas that would drive the media to become agents of sensitization on early warning, on the menace of flooding and other disasters.

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“Most media outfits publicize conflicting or inaccurate information in relation to disasters”

Abdullahi said the interactive session was aimed to allow the media to be at the forefront of disaster management by promoting disaster risk reduction, not as critics.

On his part, the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalist Kano State Chapter, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim, said the training was apt as information is key to disaster.

Participants at the workshop
Participants at the workshop

“Information is a journalism tool utilized to educate the public, because lack of information leads to misinformation and disinformation.

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“Section 22 of the constitution empowers the media to hold government accountable”

Justice Watch News reports that the Editor in Chief, PR Nigeria, Malam Yusha’u Shu’aib, presented a paper on “Disaster management between journalism.

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Other papers include: Over view of disaster management in Nigeria by Sulaiman Abubakar NEMA, Defination of Key terms in emergency by Spokesperson NEMA Kano, Umar Madigawa, Humanitarian journalism and conflict sensitive reporting by Mukhtar Madobi from PR Nigeria.

Participants at the workshop
Participants at the workshop

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Rabi’atu Abdurrahman, described the workshop as apt.

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The interactive session with the theme ” The role of media reporting in disaster management witness a large turn out of journalists both print and radio,FRSC, Fire Service, SEMA, NSCDC and Nigerian Red Cross among other stakeholders in disaster management.

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