As the Federal Radio Corporation, Nigeria, FRCN, the radio station with the largest network in Africa throws its weight behind the second international migration summit of the Journalists International Forum For Migration, JIFORM, holding in Ibadan, Oyo State between October 15-16, 2020, the body has named country coordinators for the event that would combine both physical and virtual presentations under the chairmanship of Professor Patrick Lumumba from Kenya.
Other participants include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Hon Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters , former Canada immigration minister, Gerry Weiner, Comptroller General Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, member African Union Advisory Committee on Labour Migration, Dr Princess Ocansey and other international speakers.
Named as summit coordinators in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Publicity Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee Salemfly Salem, an international correspondent with a French broadcasting outfit, the global media body with over 200 journalists spread across the continents were senior journalists.
Top on the list are Secretary General JIFORM, Juliet Makwama from Zambia, Gambia JIFORM Coordinating Chairman, Ousman. A. Marong, Biriam Jobe and President Gambian Women Journalists Association, Sarijo Camara. Ghana has Jerry John Akomor and Fred Smith; Editor-In Chief, The Sun Newspaper, Zimbabwe and JIFORM coordinator Southern Africa, Mr Willie Mponda; Eric Chinje, USA; Veyeh Tatah, Germany; Daphne Tolis from Greece, Rosie Pioth, Congo; Hilda Hasinjo, Madagascar, Didier Madafine, Benin Republic and Yaqoub Popoola, Abiola Peters and Ibironke Ariyo, Nigeria.
Bello Muhammed, the Zonal Director of FRCN, Ibadan, while receiving the delegation of JIFORM led by its President, Ajibola Abayomi, Secretary Local Organizing Committee, Adelowo Adedayo and Ebenezer Akinmoyero at his office lauded the theme of the event tagged Migration Governance and Media Strategy for Development During Pandemic.
He said it was the tradition of Radio Nigeria to support any laudable idea aimed at developing humanity and admonished Nigerians to shun deceit that could lured them to human trafficking and other irregular migration acts.
In the same vein, Reverend Niyi Dahunsi, Pastor Kayode Akinsola and Mr Lere Shittu, the General Managers of Amuludun, Kingz and Pensioner radio stations all based in Ibadan promised to support the event after receiving the JIFORM team at the respective offices