By Brenda Agba
Stakeholders drawn from various groups including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as well as traditional rulers and women groups, including the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and Nigerian Council for Women Societies (NCWS) converged in Jos, the Plateau State capital to be part of a three-day workshop on Advocacy and Media Engagement, under the auspices of Equal Access International (EAI).
Addressing participants at the workshop, the Country Director of EAI, Maji Peterx said, the programme became necessary, in view of the need to empower such individuals or groups who are mostly advocates of positive change, with the knowledge that will help them achieve their set goals and objectives.
According to Peterx, “EAI organized the workshop in line with its mandate of creating positive social change for millions of under served people across the developing world, by providing critically needed information and education.”
“With award winning expertise in communications for social change, EAI combines innovative media programing with direct community engagement activities to inform, educate and inspire individuals and communities, providing them with the skills and tools they need to improve their lives,” he explained.
Peterx further charged participants to make good use of the knowledge they will gain from the workshop to improve the society.
Some of the participants, including Chief James Edoh, Saratu Machu, Winifred Elaigwu and Mercy Injor among others, while expressing their separate views at the end of the workshop said, it was highly impactful, assuring that they will share the knowledge gained with other members of their groups and also use same to improve their communities even as they called on EAI to continue to organize more of such trainings.
Areas in which participants at the workshop were trained include General Introduction of the Workshop by Hamza Ishaq; Understanding Strategic Communication and Advocacy Framework together with Issues Selection by Maji Peterx; Media Engagement by Ayuku; Power Mapping and Stakeholders Analysis by Halima Ibrahim; Developing Media Content by Stephen Obodo; Simulation De Brief by Ruth Abwo Ponsak as well as Creative Writing by Emmanuel Zwahu among others.
Major highlight of the workshop which was held at the New Crispan Hotel was presentation of Certificates of Participation to the participants, who were drawn from Benue and Plateau States.