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Civic Education and National Unity Minister Honourable Timothy Mtambo says it is very unfortunate that there is not been much public awareness on

SADC regional integration in Malawi.

 

Mtambo made the remarks when he officially opened a capacity building workshop for community broadcasters and NICE district officers on COVID 19

 

and SADC regional intergration in Blantyre. Mtambo said Malawi is a signatory to a number of agreements which citizens are not aware of.

 

It is unfortunate that the majority of Malawians are blank about several SADC protocols the nation as a member state is a signatory to.” Mtambo went on to

 

say that government will strive to correct this.

 

Among other things Mtambo said Malawians need to know the SADC protocols that Malawi is part and

 

parcel of and also the benefits that come with these

 

protocols and these include economic social and environmental benefits.

 

My expectation is that the training would stimulate vibrant information dissemination and awareness creation in the SADC region.’ Mtambo added.

 

Speaking on COVID 19 awareness the minister said the synergy between NICE and community broadcasters can make great impact in the fight against

 

the pandemic because it is through such concerted efforts that we can win the battle

 

Making his remarks at the capacity building workshop Ollen Mwalubunju NICE executive Director said it is the wish of NICE that citizens should own

 

SADC and should be free to engage the government on these issues.

 

COVID 19 has undermined free movement our appeal to the participants of the training is to create localized programmes that can reach out to all

 

the grassroots.” Mwalubunju said. H went on to say that the work of community broadcasters cannot be overemphasized. 

 

The capacity building workshop which was organized by NICE was attended bycommunity radio producers from the southern region and NICE district

officers.