EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Dakar based West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) Tuesday commenced a two-day training for Gambian radio reporters and presenters on proper reporting on irregular migration matters.
Funded by the German Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the training is underway at Paradise Suites hotel in Kololi.
The project is part of WADR efforts to build capacity of journalists to enhance reporting on irregular migration to Europe by West African youth and it’s consequences on the affected communities and countries.
It will involve the training and capacity building of 40 journalists, 11 from Ghana, 10 from Mali, 6 from Niger and 11 from The Gambia.
The training attracted government officials, NGO representatives and representatives of youth groups engage in the fight against irregular migration.
It is an opportunity for open discussion on the migration issue as it is perceived and in reality it’s impact on the growth and development of young people as it relates to African development.
WADR station manager who facilitated the training gave a brief history of the institution, saying their role during the Ebola crisis showed what African media can do.
He said during the effective period of the killer disease, WADR sent reporters to the countries seriously hit to report on the stories and sorrows of the infected and affected people and families, touching the lives of the people that led to its staff Sheriff Bojang being nominated for CNN award.
She challenged African media houses and reporters to raise to the occasion and tell Africa’s own stories just like how media houses in the West, like BBC and CNN are telling the continents stories.
Information minister Ebrima Sillah said the issue of irregular migration is already a big concern to the government which, he said they are thinking ways of resolving the syndrome.
He told the journalists that they have to fill in the gap and not leaving everything to the government, noting that government alone cannot do everything.
He tasked Gambian journalists to report on the dangers involved in the life-risking journey to the youth of the country and tell on the possible projects the government can do to limit irregular migration.