US allocates $50m to train journalists, civil society, INEC officials on elections

US allocates $50m to train journalists, civil society, INEC officials on elections

The United States of America, USA, has allocated 50 million dollars to support the training of journalists, INEC officials, and civil society organizations 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 on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The workshop was organized by the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA) and Enugu Literary Society (ELS) and supported by United States Consulate-General, Lagos.

Stevens said the allocated fund would be used to provide technical assistance for beneficiaries.

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 emphasize the value of voting and protecting a free press, adding that the media is essential in preserving democracy.

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