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2023: US to train INEC officials, journalists



US to train INEC officials, journalists

United States of  America is set to train  journalists, INEC officials and civil society organisations for the credible conduct of Nigeria’s 2023 general elections following the  allocation of  $50million (N21.6bn) The US Consul-General in Lagos, Will Stevens, disclosed this  at the opening of a two-day workshop on election reporting for political reporters, editors, video journalists and videographers on Tuesday, in Ibadan.

The workshop was organised by West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, Enugu Literary Society and supported by the United States Consulate-General, Lagos.

According to Stevens, the allocated fund would be used to provide technical assistance for beneficiaries,adding that the focus of the US Is to ensure that Nigeria’s 2023 general elections are peaceful and credible.

“We are supporting more than 100 journalists with this workshop in Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos as part of US efforts to support Nigeria’s elections

“Over the last three years and into the next year too, the US government has allocated more than $50million for technical assistance, support, trainings for INEC, and for civil society, among others.

We have been working closely in partnership with civil society and INEC, through the US Agency for International Development.

“The partnership focuses on technical assistance and support for the system that has been put in place to ensure that every vote counts,” he said.

Stevens also said the US government would continue to emphasise the value of voting and protecting a free press, adding that the media is absolutely essential in preserving democracy.

“We are committed to initiatives here in Nigeria to build needed capacity.

“We have funded training for hundreds of journalists on topics ranging from fact-checking, health reporting, defence and national security reporting, investigative journalism, election reporting and media ethics.

“These trainings, together with other programmes we offer virtually, are to demonstrate our commitment to this partnership that we have long enjoyed here in Nigeria,” he added.

 Director of West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, Ken Okere, said the workshop was put together to train journalists to be the best .

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