Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

AMDF Begins Community Sensitisation On Fact- Checking Misinformation In Kaduna, Nigeria

By Joseph Edegbo

The Africa Media Development Foundation, AMDF has begun a One- month advocacy activities in Two (2) heterogeneous communities against misinformation in Kaduna State

The Communities are Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru and Makera in Kaduna South Local government areas of the State.

The Advocacy team led by the Executive Director of the AMDF, Mrs. Sekyen Dadik met with the village and ward heads of Kasuwan Magani as well as an assemblage of women to sensitize them on the consequences of misinformation in the society.

Across section of women at the event

Mrs Dadik who spoke in Hausa told the separate sessions, that misinformation is capable of misleading with possible consequences of causing conflict or misunderstanding in the society.

Misinformation, she emphasized, hinders growth and development and therefore urged people to avoid “them say, them say” in order to foster togetherness.
” You should not allow anything that could lead to conflict or misunderstanding.
Misinformation does not bring development, but hinders growth, don’t believe in it”.

A group photograph with the Village and Ward Heads

Mrs Dadik who also emphasized on the speed, virality and spread of misinformation stressed the need for people to investigate and verify the genuity of such information to avoid misleading the people.

On his part, the AMDF Program Manager, Mr. Benjamin Yunana Maigari told the sessions as why Kasuwan Magani and Makera were selected for the project which was due to their heterogeneous settings.

The project, he said, hinges on three thematic areas, Check it, Verify it and Confirm it.
Mr. Maigari commended the Village Head for the mobilization of the men and women for the Sensitisation project.

Responding, the Village Head, Ibrahim Abdullahi who was highly appreciative of the program, assured the advocacy team that his doors were always opened.
Misinformation, the Village Head noted, were a common trend in the society which should be checkmated.

Other attendees at the separate sessions, who gave instances of past misinformation and the inherent consequences in the community, applauded the Sensitisation project.

Flyers on the dangers of misinformation in both Hausa and English languages were distributed as part of the event.

The Sensitisation is a project of the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative funded by the United States of America Department of States and supported by Becera.

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