By Tapeng Michael Ohure
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has on Thursday trained over 20 journalists on the permanent constitution-making process inWau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State.
The workshop brought together 25 participants from various media houses in the state including 3 journalists from neighbouring Warrap State.
In his statement during the commencement of the workshop in Wau on Thursday, David John, the Director General at the State Ministry of Information in Western Bahr el Ghazal State hailed UJOSS and its partners for the training initiative.
“I and my minister were wondering who to do the training for our journalists, but God has brought for us these two institutions of UJOSS and NPC to have the training for us. This training will improve the work of our journalists in the state,” John said.
At the same event, UNESCO’s Communications Specialists, Ms. Doreen Loboka said the training will improve the capacity of journalists in reporting on the constitution-making process in South Sudan.
“This workshop is timely and it should lead us to reporting on the permanent constitution-making process. As we all know that we are right now implementing the revitalized peace agreement that was signed in 2018 and now we are talking about chapter 6 of that agreement. And chapter 6 of the agreement dictates that the constitution-making process should be led and owned by the South Sudanese,” she said.
“As we go back to Juba with all the challenges we gathered, and all the strengths we gathered, we will go back and see what areas we can put our efforts in and come back to Wau and other parts of South Sudan,” she added.
Ajak Ater Gar, the Vice President for the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), pledged that the union will continue to conduct more workshops in Western Bahr el Ghazal State to capacitate journalists.
“This is a very good opportunity for us as a union of journalists to come to Western Bahr el Ghazal State and meet our journalists and conduct this workshop. As a union of Journalists of South Sudan, one of our core mandates is to train journalists. We will continue to conduct more workshops in Wau and we shall also be taking you to attend workshops in Juba,” Ater said.
The three-day training is supported by UNESCO.