German Embassy pledges participation, support for JIFORM conference


The German Embassy has declared support for the proposed international conference by Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM).

The embassy also said it was looking forward to feature at the event slated for November this year in the country.

Vice Consular of German Embassy in Nigeria, Jan. H. Ahren made the pledge while receiving a delegation of the association led by its President, Ajibola Abayomi in Lagos on Monday.

Earlier in his speech, the President of JIFORM sought the support of the embassy in areas of technical exchange, strategic engagements, training to enhance capacities of the association and collaboration towards the success of JIFORM conference.

Ajibola, said the group was a Non-Governmental Organization peopled by journalists across the continents and registered to lead advocacy on migration across the globe.

He added that part of JIFORM objective was aimed at impacting positively on government policies in order to improve the living conditions of citizens especially in Africa.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Dr Qasim Akinreti, a member of the body, said the union would back activities of JIFORM being an offshoot of NUJ engagement with foreign media trainers in 2018 in Lagos.

He said the NUJ would work with the association towards raising awareness at different levels in Nigeria to promote proper migration in all ramifications.

Responding, Ahrens said the embassy was happy to receive and partner with the body on migration related matters while urging for publications of success stories about Africa to encourage more investments in the region.

The Vice Consular noted that there was need to encourage more people about opportunities in Germany through regular migration in the area of education, tourism and business.

“Please send us your proposal and we shall study it to look at areas we can work with you further. This is a good initiative more so that it also involves training workshop for journalists.”

The delegation apart from the JIFORM President and NUJ Chairman comprised of Mrs. Adejoke Oni, an independent television producer, David Adekunle of Voice of Nigeria and Kelvin Kagbare, the Deputy Secretary General of JIFORM.

Photo: President, JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi (l) with the Vice Consular, Jan H. Ahrens of German Embassy during Cortesy visit by JIFORM in Lagos on Monday.

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