PCNI Commences Training Of 30 Social Media Reporters In Borno
The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), has commenced the training of 30 social media reporters in Borno.
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier initiated the committee to fashion out ways in which the crisis in the North-Eastern Part of the country can be curtailed.
The Committee has, however, began its duties on Monday as it commenced the training of social media reporters in Borno.
The Vice Chairman of PCNI, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, revealed the news of the training at the inauguration of the exercise in Maiduguri.
According to him, the training is focused on enlightening reporters on how to disseminate information, especially via social media, as he also opined that the training would help in the promotion of hope, dignity, and peaceful coexistence in the North-Eastern part of the country.
In his words, “our aim is also to disseminate tools that will enable us to leverage on the power of the media to change the dominant narratives emanating from the North East.
“Terrorist groups have come to realise the power of the new media and as such, they use it effectively to deceive, delude and influence people, particularly youths.
“We must rise to the challenge through our reportage on the same platform to counter hate messages with that of hope and tolerance.”
The training was also revealed by Prof. Nana Tanko, the Director of Programmes of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), to be a joint action of the PCNI and the VSF.
Information gathered further revealed that similar training would also be carried out in other states in the region.
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