The Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists [NUJ], on Monday said it had concluded plans to hold a retreat developing a robust information system and proper media management of the Hajj.
A statement signed by the Chairman of the council, Adamu Yusuf said that the retreat, coming up in May, is being organised in partnership with Independent Hajj Reporters.
The statement, issued on Monday in Kaduna, said that the aim was to develop the capacity of hajj information managers on ethics in hajj reporting.
It added that the forum would highlight the imperative of having a central information disseminations mechanism during hajj operations.
“Timely dissemination of information has become imperative in the management of flow of information during hajj operations, as such there is need for hajj information stakeholders and service providers to separate the concept of `needs to know and the right to know’.”
According to the statement, the event is expected to address the challenges in hajj reporting, and provide impetus for effective information management.
It said that having accurate impact analysis, efficient data management, objective and accurate media reportage would add value to the pilgrims and the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that the retreat would target public relations managers of states pilgrims agencies, image makers of service providers, reporters, NGOs and the national hajj commission.(NAN)