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United Nations Conducts SDGs Training for Journalists in Uyo

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National Information Officer, UNIC, Seyi Soremekun
National Information Officer, UNIC, Seyi Soremekun

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, in partnership with Media Awareness and Information For All Network (MAIN) has concluded a two-day training on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. recently facilitated a two-day training for journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The two-day event was attended by about fifty media practitioners drawn from the Nigerian Union of Journalists and from several digital, print and electronic media houses in the state.

Declaring the event open, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekum, the National Information Officer of UNIC said the training was meant to create awareness among journalists and facilitate them with strategies that will help them report on the implementation of SDGs in the country, adding he said that the goals couldn’t be achieved without the full participation of the media.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong speaking during the event

Chairman of MAIN and Professor of Mass Communication, Lagos State University (LASU), Lai Oso, who spoke about the importance of the training and its objectives, asked the participants to focus on valid contents, quote varied sources in their stories, and place less emphasis on negative and sensational stories. He exposed journalists to ideas on how to view from the lens of sustainability when reporting on economic, environmental, and social issues. He said sustainable journalism must meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Head Technical, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs), Dr. Bola Yunusa, who spoke on “Implementing Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in Nigeria: Progress and Challenges,” enlightened journalists about the achievements of the Federal Government and stakeholders on sustainable development in Nigeria.

Other highlights of the event included a discussion led by Professor Peter Esuh of the University of Uyo on ” Understanding key economic, social and environmental issues “. Other resource persons who lectured at the event included Dr. Jide Jimoh, a member of the Editorial Board at The Guardian and Associate Professor School of Communications, Lagos State University, and Dr. Ekaete AKpabi, University of Uyo.

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong in his closing remarks, noted the challenge encountered in the quest to attain some of the goals, due to the externalization of some of the indices. Particularly, the goal to exterminate poverty, which is defined using the dollar as a benchmark.

He said, “This creates a problem for the attainment of the goal in a country as ours, where the relationship between the US Dollar and our Nigerian Naira is very unromantic and unpredictable. I also advocated for a synergy between the UNIC and state’s Ministries of Information to help in the dissemination of the global development news.

Presenting the participants with the SDGs ‘pin-up’ during the closing ceremony, the Commissioner commended the UN Information Center for the workshop and thank members of our media community, led by Amos Etuk, who attended the training.

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