VON trains 30 Journalists

Jennifer Inah, Abuja


Nigeria’s international radio station, Voice of Nigeria, VON has trained its staff and the staff of National Information Technology Development Agency in Basic Production Course.

The training is to keep up with constant advancement in technology and improve media services.

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu said there was need for training and retraining to keep up with world best global practices.

Mr Okechukwu was speaking during the maiden certificate presentation ceremony of VON’s School in Abuja.

Extending the training
He stated that the training would be extended to other government agencies.

“We are saying that no matter the amount we spend on procurement of equipment if there is no sufficient and constant training, it will be redundant and mismanaged that’s why we have embarked on training and we are going to continue to extend it to our sister agencies because the growth we are talking about is the growth of the Nigerian State,”  he said.

The Director Public communication, Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Chineye Ihuoma appreciated the fact that one of the things being taught at the training was the proper use of Social Media for news dissemination.

She said; “People you want to target now are the future leaders and most of them don’t actually sit back to watch TVs or listen to radios, they use their smart phones to access any news they want so it’s very good to have a desk in your organisation for social media to give the other side of stories when we have the fake side coming into the society.”

The representative of Armed Forces, Group Captain, Wap Maigida of the Nigerian Air Force appreciated VON for the previous training of staff members in the armed forces radio.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria has benefited from Voice of Nigeria especially the Armed Forces Radio which has gone far… I also want to thank you for providing staff for the Army in the North East, we’ve been able to win the heart and mind of the people around there and also been able to convert most of the terrorists to a normal way of life,” he added.


Mercy Chukwudiebere