June 2017 witnessed a UNIJOS, UNESCO and UNITWIN workshop themed Tackling Religious Extremism and Counter-Terrorism in Nigeria through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) at the Richard Akinjide Law Auditorium, Naraguta Campus, University of Jos.

A cross Section of Participants at the MIL Workshop in UniJos


The first speaker and National Coordinator of MIL, Dr. Suraj Olusunfi Adekunle from the Lagos State University spoke on the topic: The Relevance of Media Information Literacy in Today’s School Curriculum emphasized on the need for schools and higher institutions to include MIL in their curriculum as this will go a long way to help to face out terrorism.

The second speaker and former Dean of Arts, Prof. Usman H.D. Danfulani of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, stated that culture and languages are vital tools to counter terrorism as he spoke on the topic: Respecting Culture and Religious Sensibilities of People.

The third speaker and Librarian of the University of Jos, Dr. Stephen Akintunde, spoke on the need to get people engaged most especially the youths and women as this will go a long way to stop the rise and activities of fundamentalist groups. He called on all to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) platforms to improve themselves and to gain wealth and knowledge rather than using it for terrorist or fraudulent activities.

The United Nations Communication and Information Sector Officer, Mrs. Yakchat Nuhu, said that MIL is geared towards the eradication of the activities of extremist and fundamentalist groups in the world.

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