United States of America, USA, has allocated $50 million dollars to support the training of journalists, INEC officials and civil society organisations for the credible conduct of Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.
U.S. Consul-General in Lagos, Mr Will Stevens, made this known at the opening of a two-day workshop on election reporting for political beat reporters, editors, video journalists and videographers in Ibadan.
The consul-general said that the focus of the United States was to ensure that Nigeria’s 2023 general elections are peaceful and credible.
Stevens also said the U.S. government would continue to emphasise the value of voting and protecting a free press, adding that the media is absolutely essential in preserving democracy.
In his remarks, Mr Ken Ike Okere, Director of Broadcast Academy, said participants would be trained on how to be safe in the discharge of their duties and to continue to be objective in their reportage.
He described fake news and misinformation as the biggest threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.