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International Peace Day: Journalists charge on Developmental Journalism

by Tognaan Bawa
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Plateau State commissioner for Information and communication, Dan Manjang has called on citizens of the state to continually make relentless efforts in the area of peacful co-excistence and harmony for the benefit of the state.

Dan Manjang made
the call at an interactive session of the 21st International Peace Day 2021 with the theme: “The Quest for Sustainable Peace and Justice”
Wither the Media, organised by the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) on Tuesday at Crest Hotel and Garderns in Jos, the Plateau capital.

He disclosed that the State has introduced trauma healing into the peace building processes to enable victims of the age-long crisis recover from it’s effect and moved ahead with their lives again.

The Commissioner commended journalists for dousing some tensions in the state that could violent conflicts.

He urged reporters in the state to continue to support government’s efforts toward ending insecurity and promote lasting peace in the state.

“You have been very very supportive; even as we are unable to address some of your challenges, you have stood by the government. So, we want to urge you to continue with the work works so we can have lasting peace in the state, he urged.

Earlier, the Director general, Plateau State Peace Building Agency (PPBA) urged journalists to use their various platforms to promote peaceful co-existence in the state and beyond.

Lengmang, who acknowledged the key role played by media practitioners toward promoting peace in the state, urged for more.

He attributed the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state to the critical the roles of journalists, adding that more need to be done.

The Director General added that the agency through the media was able to get some early warning signs that has helped in nipping in the bud some situations that could have led to violent conflicts in the state.

“We have put this event together as part of celebration to mark this year’s international peace day; a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to celebrate peace. We have decided to specially celebrate this day with the media because you are critical stakeholders in peace the building process.

He said the media plays key role in promoting peace anywhere in the world, which underscores the importance of the commemoration in the State

“We are most grateful to all the journalists on the Plateau for the support because through your reportage we are able to get some early warning signs.

“The media is a strategic partner toward achieving lasting peace and so we urge you to continue with the good works

“we urge you to continue to use your various platforms to counter fake news, ethnic and religious sentiments, mutual suspicion and promote issues that will entrench lasting peace and harmony in the state,”he urged.

Also Speaking the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr.
Chrysantus Ahmadu said that government has put the necessary laws and policies that would promote unity, peace and oneness in the state

He, however, said that lasting peace would only be achieved through conscious and deliberate efforts by all, hence the need for the media to work for peace in the state.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Chapter Paul Jatau, thanked the agency for putting the event together

We have been doing our best to report Plateau as positive as we can and we will continue to do so. We will do everything we can to promote peace because we also need a good turf to operate,”

He promised to ensure that his members would reports Plateau in positive light, adding that journalists also need a serene and peaceful environment to operate effectively.

Prime Time reports that the team of discussants which was made up of Stakeholders in the Media Industry, Civil Society and Peace Advocates agreed to look through the areas of Developmental Journalism as a drive towards overcoming the mirage of challenges confronting Nigeria and the entire African continent.

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