NGO trains journalists on disaster reportage in Sokoto

A non governmental organization Christian Aid has organized a 2-day training workshop to strengthen journalists capacity and make them more informed about disaster reduction and social safety

The training was mainly focussed on components of Disaster Reduction and Social Safety DRaSS which included Early Warning System , EWS, GIS use of hydrometeorological data for flood-forecasting and reporting among others

The training was aimed to strengthen media practioners on social protection mechanisms and early warning and early action for vulnerable and disaster-affected groups

It will  also improve preparation and response to disasters by communities, government and other stakeholders.

Other issues taught included datasase design , statistical data, data monitoring and alert, data index, integrating GIS and taught in Early Warning System EWS among others.

Speaking during the training, facilitator  of the  training Mr. Omobhude Kingsley, charged journalists in the state to use what they were taught to enlighten communities especially those living around riverine areas to take proactive measures especially during the rain season to avert flooding in their communities

Mr.  Kingsley also charged media houses to enlighten members of the public on the danger of dumping refuse and building on waterways

He said that the  media house should as part of their corporate social responsibility create an awareness platform in their respective mediums to  educate members of the public on how to use power appliances to aver fire disaster in their houses

Mr. Kingsley however, advised working journalists in the  state to brace up and explore more opportunities provided in the Internet for self advancement