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NAF trains journalists on counter insurgency reporting

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday organized a one-day workshop for Defence correspondents in Abuja to train them on the technical knowledge needed to report it’s activities and operations more effectively.

Declaring the Workshop open, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique said the need for the training had become more pressing given the recent emerging trends in the Counter Insurgency Operations in the Northeast and the emerging security threats in the Northwest of the Country.

The CAS whi was represented by the NAF chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshall Kingsley Lar, noted that information management in today’s world was critical to national development and the way it is processed could affect national security positively or negatively.

According to him, “A Defence Correspondent must therefore understand and indeed know the terminologies associated with his beat to enable him report events professionally.”

He explained, “Consequently, the programme has been designed to include such technical details as the rank nomenclatures and differentials in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“You will be enlightened on the characteristics and limitations of Air Power, Aircraft types in NAF inventory and roles as well as Armaments on NAF Aircraft. This Workshop is just one in a series of activities lined up to enhance the already cordial relationship existing between the Press and the NAF.

“I am optimistic that this Workshop would go a long way in providing the needed efficiency for Defence Correspondents, especially the cub reporters on this beat, in carrying out their responsibility of informing the public about NAF Operations.

Hr therefore enjoined journalists to make good use of the singular opportunity to acquire pertinent knowledge about the military from the workshop.

“There is growing need now, more than ever before, for journalists to understand the nuances and technicalities involved in military operations as the Nation strives to restore peace in all parts of the Country.” He stressed.

The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, also informed that the workshop is anchored on capacity building and to enhance NAF-media relations.

Declaring the Workshop open, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique said the need for the training had become more pressing given the recent emerging trends in the Counter Insurgency Operations in the Northeast and the emerging security threats in the Northwest of the Country.

The CAS who was represented by the NAF chief of Administration (COA), Air Vice Marshall Kingsley Lar, noted that information management in today’s world was critical to national development and the way it is processed could affect national security positively or negatively.

According to him, “A Defence Correspondent must therefore understand and indeed know the terminologies associated with his beat to enable him report events professionally.”

He explained, “Consequently, the programme has been designed to include such technical details as the rank nomenclatures and differentials in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“You will be enlightened on the characteristics and limitations of Air Power, Aircraft types in NAF inventory and roles as well as Armaments on NAF Aircraft. This Workshop is just one in a series of activities lined up to enhance the already cordial relationship existing between the Press and the NAF.

“I am optimistic that this Workshop would go a long way in providing the needed efficiency for Defence Correspondents, especially the cub reporters on this beat, in carrying out their responsibility of informing the public about NAF Operations.

Hr therefore enjoined journalists to make good use of the singular opportunity to acquire pertinent knowledge about the military from the workshop.

“There is growing need now, more than ever before, for journalists to understand the nuances and technicalities involved in military operations as the Nation strives to restore peace in all parts of the Country.” He stressed.


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