By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Abuja-Two Nigerian Ministers, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Gbenga Adefaye and the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Dr. Alex Ezeh are expected to make presentations at the orientation workshop on â€œPublic Policy Making and Working with the Mediaâ€ being put together by a Nairobi based international organisation in Abuja, tomorrow.
The workshop according to statement by Ms. Elizabeth Kahurani, APHRC Communications Officer, is expected to address challenges encountered when working with journalists, policy makers and interest groups to achieve the goals of evidence-based public policies.
Ms Kahurani also said the workshop will enable various actors in the policy-making process learn from each other on how to work better together. â€œIn this regard, presentations have been programmed from experienced Nigerian and international experts on some of the best cases and examples of successful uses of communication and media to influence public policy making,â€ the statement said.
Apart from this, the workshop is an opportunity for Nigerian public policy makers in population, health and education issues to explore the best strategies for a more effective collaboration with the media. It noted that media play important roles in not only protecting the public interest but also in providing a forum for various other interests to express their positions on new policies in the making.
It further noted that the policy making progress globally is unstructured even when the procedures for enacting legislation and formulating policies are clearly spelt out in national constitutions. Making laws and policies even in old democracies, it said is not usually sequential and simple.