JIFORM - Journalists International Forum For Migration
JIFORM, with Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, is a registered non-governmental organization and independent corporate institution with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
It is a Media Foundation leading advocacy against irregular migration, human trafficking and crisis leading to internal displacement of citizens across the world, the organization as a child of necessity was founded by Ajibola Abayomi, a Nigerian journalist in 2018.
He was the former News Editor, Saturday Independent Newspaper and now the Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of TheLead Publications, the owners of TheLead Magazine and TheLead Online newspaper.
He was inspired to set up the foundation after attending a seminar on December 3, 2018, organised by media trainers comprising Journalists in a Global Contest (JiGC), Eric-Brost-Institute, African Media Initiatives (ami) and Africa Positive in conjunction with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Lagos.
The emotional symposium dwelt on the need to tell the African story and rise to the challenge of halting the trend irregular migration of people from the continent to Europe and other parts of the world out of ignorance thereby making them falling prey to all forms of dehumanization that include women and child trafficking, prostitution, slavery among others in the hands of slave masters posing as destiny helpers.
Ajibola, a member of African and World Editors Forum was inspired to reached out to some journalists and volunteers both within and outside Nigeria on the need to save lives being lost to irregular migration through various unapproved routes on the Mediterranean Sea, desert and other means.
Thus, the idea that grew from the December 2018 gathering has transformed into global concept with the foundation now having over 150 seasoned journalists focusing on migration reporting apart from other volunteers across the continents as members.
JIFORM now a registered non-profit organization held its first Global Summit on migration in Abuja, capital of Nigeria between November 26 and 27, 2019 and had since become a global force in migration affairs.
The Foundation was part of the top media team selected across the world assembled in Tunisia between December 9 and 12, 2019 by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an organ of United Nations to develop a ethical charter for journalists covering migration.
JIFORM a Not For Profit and Non-Governmental and professional body is now a rallying point and umbrella body for journalists covering migration with human face and passion.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
To promote migration advocacy through public enlightenment and charity
Resolving migration issues through responsible journalism