Likoma District Council has oriented journalists plying their trade within and outside its jurisdiction in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).
Speaking on Monday (6th December, 2021) during the orientation session, Likoma District Council Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (RRO) Daniel Mandala said the media should engage an extra gear in reporting on disaster risk reduction to promote a culture of safety and resilience amongst communities and the district as a whole.
“Disaster risk reduction is everyone’s responsibility and the media should play a major role in ensuring that there is community participation in the implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes and dissemination of early warning messages,” said Mandala.
He then called upon the journalists to work closely with the council in efforts aimed at reducing disaster risks and uplifting the lives of communities in Likoma district.
District Information Officer (DIO) for Likoma, Leonard Masauli described the orientation session as an eye opener.
“The orientation has shaped the way we are supposed to ply our trade. We need to report more on disaster risk reduction if we are to make strides in DRM as a district,” said Masauli.
The session brought together one journalist each from Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Likoma Community Radio, Malawi News Agency (MANA) and Nations Publications Limited (NPL).
Similar sessions were held in Nsanje, Dedza, Machinga and Mangochi between June and November this year.