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‘Walling Mexico’ -Gains and Losses

The various disappointments expressed by Humphrey fellows over the inability to  cross over to Mexico due to  security reasons soon turned to excitements.The first day of the Enhancement workshop tagged, ‘Trans border issues: Impacting the people, politicians and pro-activists saw different speakers share insights on the political, economic and social atmosphere before and during the call for the wall.

Listening to officers of the US Border and Protection agency explaining the various measures on ground to apprehend and to discourage people from coming into the US, one would really wonder if there’s really a need to replace the existing fence with a wall. 

For the US consulate in Nogales, Senora Mexico and The Mexican Consulate in Nogales Arizona, the two countries have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship that would continue for a long time. Nevertheless, every country has a right to make diplomatic decisions beneficial to them.

For one the longest serving sheriffs, Tony Estrada, these constant calls for erecting a wall is putting a lot of pressure on the county, which is his words, is not fair and overstretching their resources.

The tour also included a trip to one of the oldest church around. Over 300 years and still standing- San Xavier, Spanish Catholic commission established in 1797.

About the author

Adetola Kayode

For more than 20 years, Adetola Kayode has trained and worked in the broadcasting world as a writer, reporter, news anchor and presenter. Presently, she plies her trade with Lagos Television, LTV, the foremost state owned Television station in Nigeria.

In the course of that time, her work has made tremendous impact by beaming spotlight on human conditions, thoughts and insightful coverage of the lives of the disadvantaged people across Nigeria.

With her sharp, witty take on the most pressing social issues, she “gives a voice to the voiceless” by engaging authorities at state and national levels.

Outside of broadcasting, she has also been a constant pillar of support to several charities,non-governmental organisations and publications. As an adviser to some of these NGOs, she provides guidance and unpaid communication consulting towards the well-being and education of less privileged people across the country.
Travelling,singing and proofreading gives her joy and satisfaction.

Adetola is a 2016/2017 fellow of the United States of America's Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, an alumnus of the Radio Netherlands Training Centre, RNTC, The Netherlands, The Lagos State University, LASU {MCS} and The Polytechnic, Ibadan {OND/HND Broadcast Major}

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