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UNESCO trains actors on migration communication

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Irregular migration is becoming more pressing and relevant today, it thus, becomes imperative for creation of avenues for information sharing and informed debate on the issue.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), through its partners, held a two-day training workshop for a youth drama group to produce a-13-week radio content/drama, for six radio stations across the geo-political zones in Nigeria and particularly taking into account how COVID-19 pandemic has affected migration.

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This is part of an ongoing project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation (MAECI) via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) through the ‘Fondo Africa’, aimed at empowering young men and women to make informed decisions on migration issues through better access to quality information (SGD16.10)

According to Communication and Information Sector Officer of UNESCO, Abuja, Yachat Nuhu, “This activity is aimed at creating awareness on how vulnerable people seek to pursue economic opportunities abroad on the hazards of irregular migration done outside the regulated frameworks by providing access to information on pathways to migrate on legal, safety and opportunities.”

The contents developed are expected to empower people with the right information, raise awareness, create discussions on migration issues, job opportunities for youths, returnees, risks associated with irregular migration and other related matters to have positive effects on achievement, self-confidence and motivation in various studies.

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A consultant with UNESCO and specialist in theatre for development, Zubairu Babajide Atta, noted that herders and farmers conflict, tribal/land/ communal conflicts are triggered by lack of effective communication, which has further led to migration whether regular or illegal.

“These are some of the things we want to encourage actors to do. We will also do cultural inflections and then we take it to various cultural climes and ask them to infuse their values in it so that at the end, everybody can identify with it in the story.”

Director at Agate multimedia services and actor, Tayo Ibikunle popularly known as John the genius, said that as a participant the training has availed them opportunity to understand migration issues.

“we always believe that migrating illegally is a norm, so we are made to know that migration does not have to be illegal,” he said.
The radio drama is focused on explaining the economic and social conditions necessitating the desperate desire to migrate, sensitise the public on the gimmicks of human traffickers in luring unsuspecting victims, unveil the dangers of traveling abroad in search of better life based on beliefs that foreign countries are havens, sensitise the public on the dangers of illegal trans-border migration and reveal the harrowing condition of Nigerians being subjected to slavery and other dehumanising conditions abroad.

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