A number of ICT stakeholders in Nigeria have partnered with the ICT Publishers Alliance to facilitate capacity building in the utilisation of the latest ICT tools in the processing and management of news among West African journalists.
The stakeholders, including the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Zinox Technologies, hope the partnership will also benefit government’s information managers.
The project will focus on reducing the gap currently existing in information coverage, management and delivery. The ICT Publishers Alliance will achieve its aim of empowering journalists in the West African sub region in the use of modern ICT tools.
Speaking at an event in Lagos, the alliance’s chairman Aaron Ukodie reiterated the need for journalists covering ICT news to keep up with the fast pace nature of the sector and be in touch with new trends and visions.
Participants at the event are expected to be drawn from journalists and other participants mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Senegal and Togo.
The capacity training, which will take place from Nov 24 to 27 this year, is in three modules. Each module contains subjects, which will be discussed in sessions anchored by notable information managers, social researchers, ICT experts and journalists.
Resource persons expected at the training include Professor Clement Dzedonu, Vice Chancellor of AIT University, Accra, Ghana; Nseobong Akpan, Technology Columnist and Chief Consultant, Technology Law Firm, Abuja; Professor Kim Viborg Andersen of Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and Professor Steve Woolgar, Professor of Marketing and Head of the Science and Technology at Said Business School at the University of Oxford.