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Ghanian Organisation To Train Journalists On Drug Related Issues

By Longtong Ibrahim

Kaduna (Nigeria) – The West Africa Drug Policy Network and other partners have called on media practitioners in Ghana to apply for a one day training program scheduled to hold on Wednesday 5th August, 2015.

The training, to hold at GIJ PRESS HALL, Accra, will focus on providing participants a better understanding of the relationship between drug and alcohol addiction to petty crimes, trigger offences and organised crime in relation to socio-political issues like national security, governance and the entire political process.

A statement made available to Africa Prime News says the training will serve as an avenue to sharpen the understanding of journalists on drug issues in Ghana, in view of harnessing their information gathering and reportorial skills on drug related issues.

It adds that, the training will provide an opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of how they can utilize their unique positions as opinion leaders and agenda setters to strategically and consistently cover drug related issues in the country in a way that will holistically benefit all sectors of the Ghanaian populace.

It says the training sessions are expected to be highly instructive and interactive and Participants would benefit from lecture sessions to expatiate on the nature of drug policies in Ghana and the impact it has on socio-economic development.

Interested applicants are to submit their Detailed curriculum vitae, which must show their current role in the media industry or position in a media house if it applies; A one page letter of motivation stating why they want to take part, how they would use the knowledge gained from this course, how they perceive the current reportage of drug related events and how it can be enhanced.

It further advises Applicants who have previously published stories related to drug issues in the country to provide links or clippings of their previous reports.

Interested applicants are to send applications to Emmanuel Bensah via email ekbensah@gmail.com and ‘cc’ Maria Goretti-Ane via email mariagorettiane@yahoo.comon or before Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 5pm.

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