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UNDERSTAND YOUR CHOICES

WHEN THE HATE SPEECHES MATURE TO FULL BLOWN WAR NOTE THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LOVE:

  1. The 14 to 45 year old males will be bearing arms directly whether or not they like it. About half of them will die within the first year of conflict. At least 30% of females in this age range will be raped and probably killed.“`

 

  1. The bulk of 0 to 13 year olds will grow up as orphans. 10% will be killed in the first year and another 50% will perish from neglect in subsequent years.“`

 

  1. The population above from 46 to 65 years will have their dreams finally destroyed and will die out rapidly from lack of a will to survive the hardship and stress.

 

  1. The population above 66 years will have no support to survive and will die slow lonely deaths, some through starvation and neglect.

 

  1. Crime rates will multiply ten fold given the unbridled access to arms and ammunition. There will be no safe havens given current trends.

 

  1. Life expectancy will drop to 21 years from the current 47 years.

 

  1. If the conflict lasts longer than one year the worlds largest refugee problem would have been created. Nigerians will flee into Niger, Chad, Benin Republic and Cameroon. A one way journey for most as these countries are completely unprepared for the potential influx of humiliated Nigerians.

 

  1. Through CNN, Aljazeera, and other media houses we will become the global laughing stock with no idea of what next to do.

 

  1. Present day uncompromising voices will run away to safety. Shamelessly so. The afore mentioned victims will be drawn from ordinary folk.

 

*No one (North, South, East, or West, etc) will be immune.

 

BETTER TO TALK PEACEFULLY NOW WHILE WE CAN AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. EVERY ARTICLE OF RELATIONSHIP AS A NATION CAN BE NEGOTIATED PEACEFULLY.

 

*NON-PARTISAN WARNING.*

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PRESENTATION OF IEC MATERIALS

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JODER ED, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting the Book Publications on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention supported by Ford Foundation and other IEC materials to Mr. Micheal Popoola Ajayi, Chairman, Centre for Democracy and Socio-Economic Rights (CEDESER) and a member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund,  on Tuesday 8th, August 2017.

 

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JODER ED, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting the Book Publications on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention supported by Ford Foundation and other IEC materials to Mr. Nelson Ekujumi, Executive  Director, Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), and a Member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund  on Tuesday 8th, August 2017.

 

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE IBADAN SUMMIT

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME ON CONFLICT PREVENTION AND PEACE BUILDING HELD FOR YOUTH-DRIVEN COMMUNITY, ETHNIC FAITH-BASED ORGANISATIONS IN THE SOUTH WEST AREA HELD AT WALLAN HOTEL, IBADAN, ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, (JODER) WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FORD FOUNDATION, WEST AFRICA REGION ON JULY 05, 2017

BACKGROUND

Representatives of various stakeholders met here in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state to deliberate on the future of the people in relation to the social, cultural and economic developments that affect the wellbeing of the people;

The representatives were drawn from faith based, ethnic and other social and cultural organisations spread across the South West states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Kwara, Kogi and Edo States. The representatives of the Police, Civil Defense and the Governor of Oyo and Osun States were also well represented at the event held at Wallan Hotel, Ibadan.

 

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Participants agree that irrespective of the differences in religion, culture, heritage and faith, there are common aspirations of the people in the South West which include but not limited to shared history, sustainable livelihood, peaceful coexistence, protection of tradition and values, food and social security, dignity and mutual respect;

Participants recognize the importance of the training on conflict prevention especially at this crucial period of the nation’s history. Recognition was also given to the fact that the training was held at Ibadan, given the historic significance of the ancient city in the annals of Nigerians history;

Participants admit that crisis and instability are impediments to sustainable livelihood in the region. The participants also identify the various threats to all the people of the South West region to include violent extremism Boko Haram, religious intolerance, poverty, exclusion (Political and Economic), lack of access to opportunities, absence of constructive engagement by the authorities and by the people themselves.

Other sources of conflict identified are violent herdsmen, migration and competition for scarce natural resources, climate change and stiff competition for resources.

Participants also recognize that violence in all forms either through cultism, access to illicit weapons, corruption and weak judicial and security institutions as common threats to the livelihood of the people.

Participants identify what have been absent in the search for sustainable development in the region to include the lack of consensus on the part of the fending communities on what is best practices in dealing with conflict and its ugly manifestations,failure to act promptly when crisis begin to brew, inability to admit guilt and make amends, lack of people driven mechanism, partisanship of the security agencies, ethnic or race stereotyping, profiling and old prejudices.

After the one-day training spanning several hours marked by interactive sessions between and among the participants, the following resolutions were adopted:

RESOLUTIONS

  • That the various ethnic, faith-based and cultural organisations in the South West recognize the importance of peaceful co-existence as an imperative for sustainable development in the region;
  • Participants agree to set up a common platform, driven by the people to monitor and report on issues of conflict that may affect the wellbeing of the people in the area;
  • Delegates agree to organize quarterly meetings between the leaders of ethnic, faith-based and other cultural groups where issues of potential conflict sources will be identified and resolved;
  • Participants agree to work together to ensure the success of the National Working Group on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention set up by Ford Foundation, West Africa Region and the Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER.
  • Participants request for more frequent meetings and training for stakeholders realizing how useful and impactful the one day training had been.
  • The participants express full appreciation to the Ford Foundation, West Africa Region and the Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) for the opportunities offers and the knowledge shared during the training.

 

SIGNED

 

 

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE ABUJA SUMMIT

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A 2-DAY SUMMIT ON PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION HELD IN ABUJA ON JUNE 14, 2017 AT DENIS HOTEL, WUSE 2, ABUJA.

BACKGROUND

Following the successful summit of various stakeholders drawn from the diverse social strata in the historic city, Kaduna, and considering the strategic place of Abuja, the seat of Nigerian government and the melting pot of people from among the over 300 ethnic groups;

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Here gathered are youth-driven organisations, social movements, labour, artisan leaders being delegates from various parts of Nigeria also representing various groupings, social, cultural and ethnic associations met in Abuja from 13 – 15 June, 2017 to deliberate on our future as a people;

We met at Abuja at the 2-day summit organized by Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) with the support of the Ford Foundation, West Africa Region;

The summit which was divided into two segments, (i) the opening ceremony which was declared by the Acting President, Prof ‘Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Political Affairs,  (ii) the summit proper which involved the training and the closed door sessions of leaders of ethnic and religious associations present;

Other dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony were the Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazau represented by Mr Ita Bassey, the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty, General represented by Mr Mologe, the Senate represented by among many other top government officials.

The summit, we admit has come at a very important time in the annals of Nigerian history, considering the nature and form of conflict which continues to make life uncomfortable for the entire citizenry;

The summit takes into consideration the various social relations, the background leading to the present seeming tempestuous nature of Nigeria, the history of the country and the nature and character of the crisis that have dominated the country for a very long time;

That crisis undermines economic and social advancement realizing that peaceful coexistence is desired by all Nigerians irrespective of religion, class distinction or ethnicity;

The participants identify the various types of conflict and their sources in Nigeria. Some of the identified major conflicts are;

  •  Conflict of economic survival arising in part, from the stiff competition for limited natural resources, poverty and lack of access to opportunities.
  •  Violent communal dispute arising competition for land and natural resources, grazing opportunities and pastoralism.
  • Ethnicity, disagreement over ownership of territories, dichotomy based on ethnic profiling and religious dispute
  • Religious extremism, terrorism and violent crimes

Some of the identified causes of conflict are:

  • Economic exclusion leading to the lack of access to the essentials of live.
  • Religious intolerance which spur violent conflict including suicide bombing.
  • Climate change which has crept into most of the Northern states with negative impact on food security. This has also led to mass movement of people from the Sahel to Nigeria.
  • Armed conflict in the Middle Belt and in the Margreb region which continue to fuel migration of desperate people displaced by the conflict to Abuja and its environs.
  • Environmental pollution and dislocation of human and natural resources in the Niger-Delta.

Observations

Delegates are aware of the current situation in Nigeria, that in spite of the return to democratic rule in 1999, the country though has recorded breath-taking achievements, but has remained fragile due to weak and vulnerable institutions.

Delegates observed that at present, the country is plagued by several other challenges including ethnic suspicion, dwindling moral values, violence, mutual distrust and other social vices that threaten peace and harmony in the country.

Participants identify immediate and long term threats to democracy and stability in Nigeria. One of the immediate threats is that in the past few weeks, the country has witnessed upsurge in hate speeches, ethnic profiling, unwarranted threats and total disregard for the culture of robust and healthy debate.

That the people on their own should not wait for government to be the only bridge builder or peace maker, but should rather organize themselves in to Peace Ambassadors through indigenous and people-driven initiatives towards sustainable livelihood in Nigeria.

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That the summit facilitated by JODER with the support of FORD FOUNDATION has come at the right time the fabric of unity and cooperation among Nigeria’s various social formations appear to be weak and defenseless.

That we the delegates speak have spoken with open-mind, with the conviction that the interaction will help in no small measure the representatives of various communities and organizations to understand and appreciate each other better towards fostering peace and understanding in Nigeria.

RESOLUTIONS

  • The delegates agree to explore the opportunity offered by the conference to create platforms in and among communities represented at the summit in Abuja for the peace, happiness and prosperity of the participating communities and by extension Nigeria at large.
  • In this regard, we the representatives hereby set up the Nigerian Working Group on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention. The group which is to be coordinated by JODER should also serve as a Rapid Response group to potential flash points of conflict across the country.
  • That JODER and FORD should facilitate periodic meetings between leaders of ethnic, religious and cultural groups with the hope of building new bridges of understanding and better cooperation among the relevant stakeholders in the country.
  • That the periodic meetings should also include representatives of the various government institutions including but not restricted to democratic institutions and the three tiers of government.

The Resolutions made this day of Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Abuja.

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Distinguished guests at the event.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ISSUED AT THE KADUNA SUMMIT

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SUMMIT/TRAINING

on Promoting Peace, Democracy and Stability in Nigeria through the Media, Socio-Cultural Institutions and Youth-Driven Community Based Groups HELD AT De NEVILLA HOTEL, KADUNA ON JUNE 12 2017, BY JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS,(JODER) WITH THE SUPPORT OF FORD FOUNDATION, WEST AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE

 

INTRODUCTION

We representativesof various ethnic, cultural, religious and social formations met here in Kaduna for the utilitarian good of the diverse peoples of Northern Nigeria.

The summit combined with a Training programme in Kaduna on June 12, 2017 has participantsdrawn from largely youth leaders of community-based organisations, ethnic communities and associations, faith-based groups, government and representatives of democratic institutions and security organisations. The programme was declared open by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam El Rufai, represented by his Special Adviser, Mr. Samuel Aruwan.

Participants at the Kaduna Summit

The choice of Kaduna was by design, but has come to be a good coincidence given the history of Nigeria and the role the city has played as a major actor, since the 1966 military assault on democracy, and the far-reaching consequences on the political-economic and the social equilibrium on the North and on the entire country.

We observe and significantly so, that Kaduna was recently chosen by some youths, who had few weeks ago, ordered a section of the country to quit the Northern territories following perceived threats from an the activities of equally youth-driven organizations from the Southern part of the country.

We notice that, for the avoidance of doubt, the North has, in recent time, been plagued by different forms of conflict, religious, ethnic, social and political.

One of the most worrisome dimensions being the recurrence of extremism of different shades, killings, proliferation of small arms in the hands of non-state actors, violent conflict over grazing routes and the multi-national dimension of the conflict.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUMMIT/TRAINING

  • We the delegates express great enthusiasm about the timely Summit/Training in Kaduna at a critical period in Nigeria’s history.
  • Therefore, it was heart-warming that the representatives from different social, cultural and ethnic formations across the 19 states of the Nigerian federation, gathered here in Kaduna to deliberate on the future of the people of Northern Nigeria, out of our own free will, conviction and liberty.
  • For the one day Summit/Training, participants came from various parts of the country, the North East, North West and the Middle Belt representing the diverse rainbow of ethnic and cultural configuration in the Northern part of the country.
  • It is the first time in recent memory that people on their own volition have come together under a canopy that enjoys their full confidence and support.

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Observations

  • That Kaduna is the melting pot and the barometer that gauges the climate of the entire North given the city’s location, history and significance in the thousands of years of history that the people of Northern Nigeria had lived in their ancestral communities;
  • We the delegates observe that democracy remains the best possible system of government and that the country and the people of Northern Nigeria are better off under representative government during which the cornerstone of developments have been conceived,  recorded in many towns, cities and communities in Northern Nigeria;
  • That in spite of the advancement ushered by democracy, conflict which is a major cause of under development, poverty, hunger and backwardness have been common features in many parts of Northern Nigeria;
  • That we express deep excitement that the summit/training on peace building and conflict prevention is long overdue given the dynamics of human relations, the associated consequences of conflict in our various communities in parts of Northern Nigeria.
  • That at present, there are serious problems in the North which include but not restricted to extreme poverty, exclusion, women rights abuse, child trafficking, child labour and begging as a means of survival especially among school age children;
  • That the problems in the North have been accentuated by religious extremism, violent crimes and the upsurge in suicide bombings, using children as puns in some cases and also the dangerous consequences that have led, in part, to thousands of Internally Displaced People,(IDP);
  • That given the current fireworks among contending interests in Nigeria which have recently resulted to ethnic and religious profiling, landlordism, threats against each other by some youth driven organizations, the Kaduna summit is the first of its kind in recent memory that brought together the platform for contending interests to constructively engage each other;
  • That concerned about the negative consequences of the unfortunate developments on the peace and well being of Northern communities, the participants expressed great delight at the summit and the sponsor, Ford Foundation, which has brought the various contending parties face-to-face to explore the potentials of a people-driven solution to the myriad of problems confronting the people;
  • After extensive deliberations and the consequent training on conflict management included as part of the programme, participants make the following declarations;

OUR DECLARATION

  • That the various social formations, ethnic groups and religious groupings in Northern Nigeria have lived together for centuries, and in time past had various degrees of conflict many of which they resolved using indigenous knowledge through their traditional representatives. We affirm that this striking examples in our communities are still possible to explore today;
  • That local communities resolving their own differences, will to a very large extent, complement many other efforts, including but not narrowed to government efforts;
  • Dialogue, constructive engagement, peace and stability are key pillars of democracy and sustainable development in Nigeria. We realize this and commit ourselves to the grand principles.
  • That since 2009, the Northern parts of the country have witnessed unprecedented killings, murder, inter-ethnic calamities, low scale armed conflict in the middle-belt and extremism in the North East of the country but unfortunately, efforts at healing the festering wounds have not been complemented with people’s affirmative action, even though these crises have taken and continue to reap high human and material toll on the peace loving people of Northern Nigeria.
  • Aware that the North is complex in terms of the ethnic, religious, cultural and social configuration and that the demonstrated lack of institutional capacity to effectively manage this cobweb of relations negatively affects the peace, stability and wellbeing of the people of the North.

 

  • Thatwe the representatives of the various social formations in Northern Nigeria are committed to stop these unfortunate incidences which have led to the death of no fewer than 10,000 people many of them women and children. We regret that during these unfortunate incidences, families have been displaced or separated, children killed, homes razed spurring a high number of internally displaced peoples (IDP) in some parts of Northern Nigeria.
  • That we now, more than ever before agree as indigenous peoples to explore the opportunity offered by this summit to sit down together out of our own volition to debate the future of our people and the prospect of peace in our territories in which we had lived for centuries.
  • We strongly affirm that irrespective of the numerous conflicts in some parts of northern Nigeria, peace is achievable through this current FORD supported initiative, and as kick-started by the Kaduna Declaration. In this direction, we are now more committed to fair-minded and constructive engagement of ourselves either through our own initiatives or fostered by a credible third party.
  • That we representatives present here commit ourselves to promoting peace, understanding and solidarity among ourselves and in our various communities.
  • That we shall explore the possibility of organizing among ourselves consultations, meetings, towards meaningful engagement so as to promote peace and understanding in our communities and among our various associations.
  • We affirm that that the people are central to any peace-building effort. All efforts aimed at peace building will only succeed if the people are the critical stake holders. In this respect, we as representatives, will encourage diverse groups in Northern Nigeria to work together, strengthen new bond of relationship for the peace and wellbeing of the people and our homeland.
  • That government and relevant institutions should develop the framework for the constructive engagement of youth groups in Northern Nigeria in a fair, honest manner devoid of partisan politics.
  • We express worry that that the current situation in Nigeria calls for grave concern. We commit ourselves to ensuring that the various antagonistic interests who have issued threats and counter threats be brought to a roundtable for peaceful resolution of all grievances so as to avoid avoidable conflict and bloodshed in Nigeria.
  • We resolved to collectively further engage the governments of the 19 Northern States to encourage them to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission to address the grievances of ethnic and religious groups as a matter of urgency.
  • We affirm that poverty, hunger and joblessness have contributed immensely to the emerging culture of fierce armed conflict, extremism, intolerance and restlessness. That the governments of the 19 states of the North should as a matter of urgency set up a Social Security system, drawn from a certain percentage of the yearly budgets, to tackle the problem of extreme poverty in Northern states.
  • That we are worried about the proliferation of arms in the hands of non-state actors and that the 19 state governments should urgently work with the Federal Government so as to mop up illicit arms for the good of our communities.
  • We commit ourselves to promote periodic meetings among ourselves while expressing profound appreciation to Ford Foundation and JODER for this amazing project.

THIS DECLARATION WE MAKE THIS DAY, JUNE 12 2017 IN KADUNA.

 

 

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PICTURES OF THE TRAINING ON REPORTING DIVERSITY

Pictures of the training on reporting diversity for both media and electronic media on Monday June 5th, 2017 at Elomaz Hotel Maryland, Lagos. Organised by JODER facilitated by Ford Foundation.

Dr. Akintunde Akanni, the Resource Person at the Reporting Diversity training for journalists

Dr. Akintunde Akanni, the Resource Person at the Reporting Diversity training for journalists

 

MR Adewale Adeoye, ED, JODER, giving the opening address

MR Adewale Adeoye, ED, JODER, giving the opening address

 

Participants at the training of journalists

Participants at the training of journalists

 

Participants at the training

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BOOK REVIEW

PUBLICATION REVIEW

Title of publication:
SOLUTION-DRIVEN RURAL POVERTY REPORTING INITIATIVE
Summary of highlights and outcomes of IPC’s solution driven/poverty reporting project in Nigeria

Author: International Press Centre (IPC) with the support of World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)

No of pages: 24

Reviewer: Adewale Adeoye, Executive Director, JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

I wish to commend the International Press Centre, (IPC) for this piece of art and also the World Association For Christian Communication for supporting IPC in carrying out the project implementation, whose summary outcome makes up the content of this publication. Documenting this as an outcome of their work on how media and grass root collaboration can engender development, especially addressing rural poverty conditions at the grass roots serves as a valuable asset for posterity. All over the world, what moves nations and people from stupor to greatness is ideas. This publication is another major contribution to the world of form. The world will run out of energy the day ideas are no more.
This small but significant publication represents a critical engagement of the media’s role in reflecting the echoes from the valleys. I suspect the IPC took the challenge up owing to the declining fortunes of the Nigerian media in meeting public expectations and being the platform for all interests.
Over the years, the Nigerian media has witnessed its worst decline. News stories have come to reflect only the wishes and aspirations of the rich and influential. Newspaper and electronic media have come to portray more of the interests of the few. The travails, pains and pangs of the poor, the downtrodden, the marginalized majority are left unattended to. Even when stories of poverty are reported, the media only scratch the surface. Pictures about poverty follow the trend of opportunism instead of raising critical issues of underdevelopment.
The book has come to challenge this tradition by providing a new guideline that should lead to a paradigm shift.
The publication emphasizes the fact that journalism is not a property of the rich to be manipulated to the disadvantage of the people. It teaches us that the grundnorm of journalism must not be thrown into the thrashbin, that the founding principle of mass communication is to give a voice to the people, not alone to their leaders, who sometimes are also their tormentors alone.
The publication may be small but the frame of mind is huge and inexhaustible. It redefines the current role of the Nigerian media by making a conscious attempt to draw back the missing sheep. The publication captures the strategic role that the media can play in advancing the cause of the people at the lowest ladder of the ladder. Inspite of the fact that the poor do not have the purchasing power, but their expectations, their fears and aspirations must be projected.
This publication demonstrates IPC’s prominent lead in media capacity building which has enabled the institution to enhance public interest reporting. The book is a 24 page summary of media enhanced community led activities built around solution-driven rural poverty reporting initiative which focuses on Advancing the development issues of 8 Grassroots Communities in Lagos.
The publication summed up a series of engagement on how the media was instrumental in capturing the pains, frustrations and concerns of rural settings, and providing the edge to facilitating organs of government to meet the development needs of the eight pilot grass root communities in Lagos State
The report also provides information on the state of infrastructure in rural Lagos communities. It enriches the ability of journalists to report diversity issues involved in a class driven political economy.
One of the most striking aspects was to bring rural communities to interact with journalists. Journalists after training also conducted visits to communities between November 2015 and April 2016.
During the engagement, efforts were made to draw government attention to specific challenges of rural communities, leading to the achievement of certain milestones. For instance, the construction of poor roads at the Bolaji Omupo, Bashoa CDA in Somolu Local Government, the rehabilitation of Obele Odan community Primary School in Obele Oniwahala, Surulere and the construction of a major link road into Erejuwa community in makoko area of Lagos Mainland Local Government are striking examples. The project also involved empowering community representative to write of letters to local government administrators between March and October 2016 on the plight of affected communities, meeting local administrators and coming up with concrete solutions that address the needs of the people.
It is a great attempt at merging the wide gap between ordinary people and the men and women who control commerce, politics and economy. It gives a narrative that redirects our energy to the core tenets of journalism. It shows clearly the strong and inseparable link between sustainable development and journalism when practiced according to its traditional values and norms.
The publication of this book should not end in a room. It must not end on the table. It should be on the streets, in the news rooms, on the desk of every reporter and editor across Nigeria and throughout the West African sub-region.
I commend the IPC for this amazing contribution to development journalism. The publication is handy, easy to digest and produced in simple language that everyone should understand.
The other aspect is how do we transform this document into a working tool in the newsrooms? How do journalists adopt the recommendations in this book as a working document? What strategies have been adopted by the IPC to sustain the momentum that has been built with this project. What other roles can government, funders and development partners play in supporting initiatives like this to address the development of grass root communities?

I believe the IPC could do more in terms of the graphics of the book. I am also not sure of the percentage of print media especially radio that took part in the project.
In all, this is a great piece, a master piece, a clear example of how the IPC has continued to play roles in advancing the role of the media in development in Nigeria and West Africa in terms of capacity building and the commendable effort of creating a permanent synergy between journalism and sustainable development in an obviously tough environment.

THANK YOU.

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