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NGOs train journalists on professional competence in practice

Training Workshop for Journalists in Sokoto State

By Muhammad Nasir

Sokoto Sept. 12, 2023

Humint Development Consult Limited, in collaboration with Daria Media Nigeria Limited, has trained journalists in Sokoto State on professional competence in the practice of journalism in Nigeria.

The two-day training workshop which commenced was declared open by the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sambo Danchadi.

The training with a theme; “Capacity Building for Professional competence in the practice of journalism in Nigeria,” had participants from various media outfits in the state.

Addressing the event, Danchadi appreciated the organisers, while assuring that the state government will continue to ensure training and retraining of working journalists toward ensuring professionalism in the field.

“The training has come at the right time when the state government led by Dr Ahmed Aliyu is exploring the necessary steps toward media reform to ensure professionalism in practice.

“I hope that the participants will generously utilise the opportunity to gain more skills and knowledge toward improving their reportage to global accepted standard,” he said.

The commissioner further extolled the organisers for their foresight in choosing the right resource persons, saying, “they are seasoned academics and veteran journalists with vast knowledge and experience.”

In his remarks, Dr Abubakar Mohammed, the Director, Humint Development Consult, said the training was designed to improve the standard of the profession of journalism in Nigeria as well as nation building.

“Our aim is to contribute toward building professional competence in the practice of journalism among the working journalists.

“The participants at the end of the training will be exposed to investigative journalism and its contribution to national development in Nigeria.

“Inculcate the professional ethics, use of appropriate language, history of the profession and familiarise with some of the legal provisions that affect the operation of Journalists,” he said.

Mohammed appreciated the resource persons and participants for accepting to be part of the event, saying, ” it is a great event in the history of journalism in the state.”

Earlier, Malam Dalhatu Abdullahi, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said the training would aid in addressing the greatest challenge of lack of adequate training of media employees by employers.

“This capacity building for working journalists is coming at the right time and the topics to be discussed are very critical to the profession.

“I believe that the participants should consider themselves as great achievers for being part of it,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that papers were presented by Dr Buhari Kware of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto and Mohammed Umar, a former NUJ Chairman in the state.

Others were: Dr Danladi Bako, former Director General,  National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Prof. Gausu Ahmad of Faculty of Mass Communications, Bayero University Kano (BUK).

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