Employ FOI Act to investigate COVID-19 funds, Campaign Finances, Journalists charged

The International Press Centre, IPC in collaboration with the Media Right Agenda today engaged about 30 Journalists in the southwest state of Nigeria, including Edo on using the Freedom of Information Act to investigate and report how much COVID-19 pandemic gulped in their various states.

The two day media training workshop, which is being organised under the EU-Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) Component 4b-Support to Media, featured capacity building of the participants with tools and knowledge needed to carry out investigative reports on COVID-19 Accountability and campaign finances of political parties and their candidates, including monitoring campaign promises.

In his welcome address during the opening session of the workshop, held at Pealwort Hotel and Suites Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria, the IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade explained that the programme was aimed at equipping Journalists to check impunity in electoral processes and make the elected politicians accountable

He added that the participants were expected to be more professional in their reportage after the workshop, be focused, gender sensitive and embrace investigative tool to report COVID-19 finances.

The IPC Director noted that the training was apt, as it comes at a time of growing perception that Nigerian media had been compromised, hence the need to equip Journalists with toolkit that would help them to win back public trust through investigative reports.

Arogundade delivered the first paper entitled, “The Role of Media in Ensuring Good Governance and Government Accountability”.

Speaking on “Understanding and Reporting Campaign Finance and Political Expenditure Frameworks and Issues”, the Executive Director of OJA Development Consult, Mr Jide Ojo highlighted areas of focus for investigative Journalists in reporting campaign finances.

Delivering the third paper, a Freelance investigate Journalist, Ms. Tobore Ovuorie hinted that investigative journalism didn’t entails reporting only the wrongdoing, but also right deeds of individuals, organisations and governments.

Published by Wonderlady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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