W/African radio journalists urged to embrace conflict prevention programmes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Ecowas Commission has recently sensitised radio journalists from different West African countries to embrace conflict prevention and peace building programmes as prescribed in the Ecowas Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF).

 The daylong sensitisation workshop was held at the Ecowas Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria, on 24 November 2016.

Speaking at the forum, ECOWAS Director of Political Affairs, Dr Aderemi Ajibewa, told the participants to be collaborators in the renewed efforts at creating a more peaceful environment in West Africa.

The programme officer, conflict prevention, Constant Gnacadja, urged the journalists to create more awareness of the ECPF among community citizens and be partners in actualising the objectives of the media component of the ECPF in the face of emerging trends in conflict transformation.

The Gambian participant at the forum, Yusupha Bojang, manager of Kaira Nyining Community Radio, told The Point newspaper that the forum had enhanced their capacities to understand and inform the public about Ecowas policies and activities in regional integration, democracy, peace and security.

Mr Bojang, who is also the national coordinator of the Network of Community Radios of The Gambia, said they were introduced to the ECPF which serves as a guide for enhancing cohesion and synergy on conflict prevention and peace building initiatives in Ecowas member states.

At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed a strong desire to improve their collaboration with the Ecowas Commission in the areas of peace building and conflict prevention.

Mr Bojang said they had also suggested for increased visibility and advocacy for the ECPF in member states and the creation of a network of journalists on peace building and conflict prevention.

Author: Nyockeh and Rose Gomez