One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections.

One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections. Organize by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Lokoja on Monday 24th September, 2018
One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections.
One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections.
One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections.
One Day workshop on the role of media and CSOs in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in elections.
REPORT ON THE ONE-DAY WORKSHOP ON THE ROLE OF MEDIA AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS (CSOs) ON ANTI-CORRUPTION, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN ELECTIONS WAS ORGANIZED BY THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION (CHRCR) ON 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2018 AT HALIMS HOTEL, LOKOJA, KOGI STATE. BACKGROUND: The workshop was organised by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Lokoja, Kogi State on the Role of Media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections with the goal of institutionalising anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in Nigeria by ensuring necessary political commitments to deepen and spread anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in elections. The workshop started at 10:00am and had in attendance 55 participants, which cut across the Print and Electronic Media Practitioners, Civil society organizations, Women and Youth organizations. OBJECTIVE OF THE WORKSHOP: The objective of the workshop was to further enlighten the CSOs and Media on their Roles in Anticorruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections as we approach 2019 general elections in Nigeria. OPENING REMARK: The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) gave an opening remark, where he outline the goals of the organisation and the expected objective it intends to achieved. He concluded his remarks by urging National Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to address Nigerian and Kogi State in Particular why Kogi Bye elections held on the 11th of August, 2018 was declared conclusive while the Osun Gubernatorial elections held on 22nd September 2018 under the same circumstances was declared inconclusive. GOODWILL MESSAGES: Goodwill Messages were delivered by the Adeiza Momoh Jimoh - NUJ Chairman Kogi State Chapter, the representative of the Civil Society Organisations Mrs. Gift Omoniwa of PIBCID and the representative of Managing Director of Radio Kogi, Alh. Suleiman Ibrahim (Corporation Secretary). The all lauded the effort of the organisers and promised to collaborate with CHRCR in achieving it goals. They equally expressed their mind on the double standard adopted by INEC on Kogi Bye Election held on the 11th of August, 2018 and Osun Governorship Election held on 22nd September 2018. PAPER PRESENTATIONS: First paper on the Role of the Media in Anticorruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections in Nigeria was presented by a veteran journalist, Donatus Okpe and participants had opportunities for better clarifications, interaction after the lecture. The second Paper on the role of the Civil Society in Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections was thereafter delivered by Hamza Aliyu, Civil Society Leader. Interactive session, Questions and Answers and plenary discussions all provided platform for further engagement and experience sharing. OBSERVATIONS The following observations were made: • That INEC guidelines and Electoral Act for conducting elections in Nigeria were not adhered to during the Kogi Bye elections held on the 11th of August, 2018 when compared to the Osun Gubernatorial elections held on 22nd September 2018. • That the relationship between the Media and civil Society is not as expected and the media does not see themselves as part of the civil society organisations. • That the non-conduct of Local Government Elections in Kogi State in the last two years is tantamount to corruption that negates the principle of accountability and democracy RECOMMENDATION The following recommendations were made: • INEC as a body needs to explain to the people of Nigeria and Kogi State in particular, the rationale behind the declaration of the Lokoja/Koton Karfe House Representatives Bye election held on 11th August 2018 as conclusive whereas the same scenario in the gubernatorial elections in Osun state held on the 22nd September 2018, was declared inconclusive • That the Media and the Civil Society have joint responsibility in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in elections. Therefore they must work together and built synergy. • The participants demand for the immediate initiation of the process that will lead to the conduct of the Local Government elections in Kogi State as provided for in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. OUTCOME: At the end of the meeting, the Media and the CSOs agreed to build synergy and work together in ensuring the political officer holders are held accountable, transparent and corrupt free in 2019 general elections. A Whatsapp group was also created for further debate and discussion on anticorruption, transparency and accountability in elections. REPORTAGE: The workshop was widely reported by the print and electronic media. The table below indicts the reportage. S/NO CORPORATION DATE TIME 1. Grace Fm 24th September, 2018 6:00pm 2. Radio Kogi 25th September, 2018 26th September, 2018 5:00pm 6:30am 3. Prime FM 26th September, 2018 3:00pm 4. NTA 26th September, 2018 NEWSPAPERS S/NO NEWSPAPERS DATE STATUS 1. Westernpostnigeria 25th September, 2018 Online 2. Guardian 25th September, 2018 Online 3. Vanguard 25th September, 2018 Online 4. Kogi Reports 25th September, 2018 Online 5. Daily Trust 25th September, 2018 Online 6. Nigerianpost 26th September, 2018 Online 7. Daily Independent 26th September, 2018 Page 10 8. Peoples Daily 26th September, 2018 Page 10 8. Blue Print 26th September, 2018 Page 13 CONCLUSION: Participant applauded the effort of the organiser as the Media and the CSOs agreed to build synergy, stressing that the whatssap platform created will help them to further engage on debate and discussion in anticorruption, transparency and accountability as the pre-election activities to 2019 general elections had commenced.

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