Dr Ajibola Abayoni, President of Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) with Jin Ming Yu, Deputy Consul General, China Embassy
By Ibironke Ariyo
The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has called for partnership with the Chinese embassy in Nigeria to promote trade facilitation and migration matters through media education.
A statement on Wednesday by Dr Ajibola Abayomi, President, JIFORM, said that the call was made during his visit to the Lagos office of the embassy.
He asked for support on capacity building for journalists covering migration, with a view to achieving better understanding of the trade opportunities in China and on migration reportage.
“The JIFORM has been promoting purposeful migration of Nigerians to China and several countries over the years.
“We are here to seek your support regarding knowledge sharing to improve the capacity of the JIFORM members in the reportage of economic and migration policies involving China.
“We are also open to collaboration that will encourage regular migration to strengthen the relationship between us and your embassy as well as promoting better working relationships with the Nigerian government on foreign policies,” Ajibola said.
Responding, Jin Ming Yu, the Deputy Consul General, lauded JIFORM for the visit and pledged to review proposals to support media capacity building.
Yu said that many Nigerians over the years have established businesses in China while Chinese nationals had also played important roles in the Nigerian technology and construction sectors.
He reiterated the desire to work with JIFORM to promote quality information about trade and investment opportunities between China and Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JIFORM is a non-profit body of over 300 journalists and other volunteers across Africa covering migration matters. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Deborah Coker/Maharazu Ahmed