The Journalists International Forum For Migration Reporting (JIFORM) said that it has commenced online registration for its second International Summit, scheduled for October 15 to 17, 2020.
An online statement issued by JIFORM’s Organizing Secretary, Abiola Peters, invites the over 200 members of the body across the continents and other interested participants to register through the portal created on website of foundation at www.jiformalert.org, as only those who register will get the link to participate.
The statement noted that the 3-day event with the theme, “Migration Governance And Media Strategic For Development During Pandemic” will be virtually held on zoom, with Professor of Law and International Speaker, Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba as the Chairman of the Summit.
According to the statement, the summit which will attract participants and speakers across the globe will also have in attendance the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) Muhammad Babandede,who has been slated to officially unveil the event, a former Canadian Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Hon. Gerry Weiner, German Migration Advocate, Johanna Mac, the Commissioner of Information, Lagos State, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Nigeria,Harvard trained Migration Expert, Eric Chinje and United States based International Migration Lawyer, Samuel Adewusi.
The statement said that JIFORM is targeting the summit to produce glossary of terminologies for migration reportage.
“Since 2018, we have been leading advocacy against irregular migration, human trafficking and crises leading to internal displacement of citizens in nations, despite the pandemic; we are determined to reshape migration reportage to further enhance media capacity.
“In 2019, our first conference was held in Abuja, Nigeria, this year, as a result of COVID-19 spread we have to channel the event through technology space, ” the statement said.
On international participation, the statement added that the event will also have robust debates and participation of CNN, BBC, VOA and German media with the use of English and French as language of communication.
Agencies expected at the conference are : International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Tony Elemelu Foundation, SEEFAR, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria and others from Europe, Asia, India and United Kingdom.