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ECOWAS Centre to train media practitioners, communication experts

Sep 7, 2016, 9:34 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

(Thursday September 01, 2016 Issue)

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in collaboration with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), under the West African Clean Cooking Energy Alliance (WACCA) initiative, is to organise a daylong capacity building seminar for journalists from media outlets in the country and communication experts of relevant government institutions.

The seminar, to be hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, is expected to be held on 7 September 2016, at the Paradise Suites Hotel.

The overall objective is to build the capacity of journalists and other communicators to better play their vanguard role with regards to the issue of access to sustainable energy for cooking, so they can help in advocacy and awareness creation through information dissemination to stakeholders along the value chain.

This will help remove communication barriers that hinder the widespread promotion of clean cooking energy solutions.

The capacity building seminar will contribute to the ECOWAS Bioenergy programme and the implementation of the West African Clean Cooking Alliance (WACCA) Regional Action Plan supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation.

One of the objectives is to give 25 journalists relevant information on the negative consequences of traditional equipment and cooking fuels on the environment, human health and socio-economic development. 

It is also to equip media practitioners to play a lead role in promoting a widespread adoption of sustainable cooking solutions.

The expected outcome of the seminar is to make sure that the 25 journalists have a better  understanding of sustainable cooking energy services, as well as to ensure they  have the required  in-depth knowledge  of unsuitable equipment and cooking fuel and their negative consequences on the environment, human health and development, and so on.

It is also to make sure that participants are properly equipped to support the efforts of WACCA and national alliance in communication and awareness raising, as well to commit journalists to be more involved in advocacy and sensitization of stakeholders in ECOWAS.

The seminar targets journalists from the print and online media, radio, television and bloggers, and participants will also attend the launching ceremony of the National Alliance for Sustainable Cooking Energy.