By Barnabas Augustine
Today, the 13th February 2017, the Search for Common Ground a Non Profit and Non Governmental Organization has officially opened a 5 day workshop for Journalists in Adamawa State at Homtel Derivative Suites, No.3 Maiduri Street, off Gibson Jalo Road Jimeta-Yola. The organization which is operating in 35 countries and with a capacity of 700 staff has its Nigeria offices in Abuja, Jos and Maiduguri.
In her opening remark, Ms. Latana B. Abdullahi, a Senior Programme Manager with Search for Common Ground spelt out the objective of the organization namely: building peace in areas of tension and encouraging understanding across ethnic, religious, gender and other conflict fault lines. The project of the organization is constructing coalition to reduce human rights abuse by security forces in Northern Nigeria and the overall goal is strengthening engagement and advocacy processes to reduce human rights abuse by security force in Northern Nigeria.
In their separate goodwill messages, W. A. Anthony an official of the National Emergency Management Agency and Captain A. Mohammed representative of Brigade Commander 23rd Armoured Brigade Yola admonished the participants of the workshop to adhere strictly to the ethics of journalism profession and comply with the law of the land.
Two papers were presented at the Day 1 of the workshop. The first was presented on Unity by Ms Ema a Senior Programme Coordinator with the Search for Common Ground. She centred her lecture on the ground rules for value where tolerance, self respect, transparency, gender/social class equality, do not exposed what you have, judgement in and judgement out et cetera should be given priority when solving conflict.
The 2nd paper was presented on Common Ground Approach to Solving Conflict by Ms. L. A. Abdullahi. She outline some of the principles to be adopted in solving conflict namely: finding common ground; peace is a process it cannot be achieved in a single event; humankind is interdependent because of the uneven distribution of human, physical and natural resources and the world is becoming a global village.
The workshop is expected to end on Friday, 17th February, 2017. Participants are drawn from all the Chapels of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state. At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to be conversant with how to write reports on conflict and trauma sensitive.