By Ousman A Marong
The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), a global media foundation with over 200 journalists focusing on migration matters on Friday, October 16, signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute of Innovation (DII) to facilitate foreign trainings and other international engagements for its members in America.
Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, a Nigerian lawmaker and Chairman of the Committee on Diaspora Matters was honoured at the summit for her positive advocacy on migration matters alongside Pensioners’ FM, King FM and Federal Radio Corporation Nigeria, Ibadan for their commendable roles in the promotion of safe and regular migration.
The two daylong conference was attended by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, MFR. The virtual and physical presentations beamed on zoom and other social media networks were adopted for the summit.
The theme for this year’s summit: ‘Migration, Governance and Media Strategy for Development During Pandemic’ under the chairmanship of Professor Patrick Lumumba from Kenya would produce glossary of terminologies for over 10,000 journalists and media establishments to upgrade the reportorial capacity of media practitioners across the world; as JIFORM mapped out strategies to organize the African/Middle East Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2021. It is aimed at fast tracking discussions on the abolition of slavery of African women in the Gulf and Arabian nations.
Speaking at the summit on Wednesday, the President of JIFORM Ajibola Abayomi, has commended the media houses for their excellent delivery of services to the nation.
“Pensioners FM, the only known labour radio in world is a success to behold within just one year ditto for King FM and Radio Nigeria with unparalleled quality information promoting the right values, uniting the people and uplifting the nation,” the JIFORM President stated.
Prince Akinwale Ojomo, the Chief Executive Officer of DII Africa, said the Global Director of the institute, Professor Byron Price and his team were excited to work with JIFORM and would ensure successful implementation of the MoU, especially to improve capacity of journalists on migration matters.
The epoch occasion has witnessed the participation of Gerry Weiner, the former Canada Immigration Minister, Dr Princess Ocansey, member of African Union on Labour Migration Advisory Committee and Chairperson, United Nations Youths Association Ghana, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State, Professor Ikechukwu Kanu Anthony, Johanna Mac from Erich Brost Institute Germany, Ms Omotola Omowunmi, the Executive Director Rescue Africans In Slavery Foundation; Patricidal Phradan from Lebanon; International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nigeria and Gambia, Ghana Immigration Service and others.