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by Samuel Adeshola
Members of JODER including the ED, Adewale Adeoye help to facilitate the first ever indigenous conference of the Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt forum.
The organisation which had over 500 indigenous groups come together and speak with a voice in an historic conference held at 25, Fajuyi Way, GRA, c/o Falana and Falana Chambers on Thursday March 29, 2018.
JODER members with the indigenous people of the Southern Nigeria and Middle belt Forum for development led by US based Lawyer Mr. Sidney Imobhio after the meeting at JODER secretariat, Onigbongbo, Maryland, Lagos.
JODER ED, Adewale Adeoye Presenting IEC materials on diversity reporting a project facilitated by the Ford Foundation West Africa region to members of the foremost media organisation in Nigeria Television Continental, TVC, at Ikosi, Ketu.
L – R: Popoola Ajayi, Member Lagos State Security Trust Fund; Adewale Adeoye JODER, ED; Taiwo Adeleye; Tunde Abatan, Former Deputy Editor, Daily Times News paper and Adeola Soetan at the Interactive session on Diversity Reporting for Journalists and Civil Society organised by JODER at JODER’s Secretariat.
Participants at the Interactive Session for Journalists and Civil Society.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEDIA INTERACTION-TRAINING ON DIVERSITY REPORTING ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, (JODER), THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, (IIE) AND THE FORD FOUNDATION, WEST AFRICA REGION HELD AT M SQARE HOTEL, LAGOS ON AUGUST 23, 2017
Participants at the Training for Nigerian Print and Electronic Media on Reporting Conflict and Diversity in A Plural Society, were drawn from the print and electronic media, professional media organisations, Civil Society,Nigerian Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, (NBC) and other media-driven organisations across the country.
Participants observe that the media has a very important role to play in the transformation of any given society. The media as the Fourth Estate of the Realm has a very significant role to play in nation building and sustainable development. The Nigerian media has played this critical role since 1859 when the first newspaper was published in the country in the local language of the indigenous people.
Throughout the history of Nigeria, since the pre-colonial, indigenous peoples had employed mass communication as a veritable tool in building the gap between the people and their leaders. The media, from the primordial times, either traditional or modern media performed profound functions in shaping the destiny of the country.
That in Nigeria, the media for instance played a very significant role in the campaign for independence against colonial rule and was also in the forefront in the campaign against despotic military rulers that seized the country for 27 odd years.
AUGUST 23, 2017
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.
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.
Executive Director JODER, Mr. Adewale Adeoye presenting copies of Training Manual on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari through the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters Mr. Babafemi Ojudu recently.
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
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.
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:
Clips from the first bloggers, online media peace-building training held at International Press Centre, IPC, Ogba, Lagos.
JODER ED, Mr. Adewale Adeoye giving the opening speech
Participants at the training
Resource Person Mr. Yinka Oyegbile, responding to questions.