By Bayo Oluwasegun
Institute for Media and Society (IMS) in collaboration with the Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo State begins a special training exercise for journalists within and outside the state tagged ‘Electoral and Broader Governance Programming’.
The two days workshop which was part of the activities of the 2021 NAWOJ Week celebration draws participants from all the states from Southern Nigeria, which also had the presence of the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, the General Manager of NTA, Mr. Segun Ojelade, and other experts on the field of journalism in attendance.
Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo while declaring the workshop opened, commended the effort of the organizers for choosing the Sunshine state as the venue of the event.
He also urged all the partakers who were selected from the broadcast media to utilize this golden opportunity to learn and fire out themselves by practicalizing things learned from the training.
The Director-General of the IMS, Dr. Akin Akingbolu in his own address also beseeched the players to make prudent use of the opportunity by giving absolute allegiance to the workshop to learn, grow and produce contents that will facilitate the needed change in the electioneering and political sector of Nigeria.
The State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Doris Olumoko noted that the workshop was set up to train journalists on related issues like basic of civic education, voter education, electoral matters, and how they should make professional reporting on political issues affecting elections in Nigeria.
The Chairman of Ondo State NUJ, Adetona Aderoboye who was represented by the State Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Leke Adegbite said all beneficiaries of the workshop should take it as a momentous shot to update their proficiency on electoral issues and how best to deal with crises affecting electoral process in Nigeria.
Also, the General Manager of NTA, Mr. Segun Ojelade lauded the facilitators for bringing the workshop up at the very right time, when Social media is now causing more damage than good through fake news and this he said could be eradicated if journalists step up their games.
The workshop continues tomorrow.