Govt Urged To Synergise With Media On Campaign Against SOM

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By Juliana Agbo, Abuja

Governments have been called upon to synergise with the media for effective campaign against Smuggling Of Migrants (SOM).

The call was made in a communiqué issued to journalists in Kaduna at the end of the three-day workshop on media round table: “On Smuggling Of Migrants” organised by the United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC), in partnership with Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and funded by the European Union (EU).

The communiqué signed by the drafting committee described SOM as threat to national security, economy, socio-political sanity and well-being of the country.

It noted the urgent need for agencies managing migration in the country to synergise with the media for effective campaign against SOM, saying there is lack of synergy between the agencies coordinating Migration Management in Nigeria and the media.

It also stated that women and children are most vulnerable victims of smuggling of migrants, and that the rise on SOM is a consequence of improper and ineffectual information dissemination and citizen education on the phenomenon.

The communiqué recommended the need for Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to develop a proactive information management system on migrants related issues. Also for NIS to develop a robust Social Media engagement strategy to counter the narratives on SOM.

It further stated that the social media has become a veritable platform for facilitating SOM, adding that the need to facilitate the ease of effective reportage and coverage of migration.