Dangote Group, in collaboration with the Climate Africa Media Initiative Center (CAMIC), has been training journalists in environmental reporting in the geopolitical zone of northeastern Nigeria.
During the two-day training, journalists were tasked with developing the habit of reporting on climate change and the environment for sustainability and making it part of their daily activities.
The workshop, themed ‘Environmental Reporting for Sustainability’, aimed to equip journalists with the basics of environmental journalism and reporting in daily reportage.
While declaring the event open, Dangote Media Publicity, Mr. Jibrin Abubakar, noted that the media is central in championing any changes needed to take place in society.
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“We in Dangote City believe that the media is developing as a partner and that there is a need to train journalists in environmental reporting,” Abubakar said.
He lamented the devastating impact on land caused by flooding in some parts of the country, and said governments, media and individuals must play their part to protect the environment from environmental damage.
“As it stands, 99 per cent of the air we take in is no longer pure, only 1 per cent. you need to,” he said.
John Gamsa, a senior lecturer at Modibo Adama University, Yola, said in a presentation on “Environmental Awareness: A Mass Media Perspective” that environmental issues are global, human, international and local issues. .
He called on journalists to work with governments and directly affected individuals to follow up on all environmental issues they report on.
“With clean water and clean air, our country will be a better place to live,” Ngamsa stressed.
Aliu Akosile, Executive Director of Climate Africa Media Initiative Center (CAMIC) and Editor-in-Chief of Nature News, spoke on “Journalism and Climate Change” and said that every life is influenced by environmental reporting from journalists. He said he was dependent on it.
He called on journalists to be passionate about environmental reporting to preserve nature.
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Mr. Shedrack Idi, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Taraba State University, presented a paper on the theme of “Investigative Environmental Journalism”.
Pointing out the need to protect and preserve the environment for future generations, he said, “Every society can have the environment it wants.”
He further emphasized the need for journalists to take advantage of several institutions that support environmental investigative journalism.