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China trains journalists to enhance quality reportage, foster bilateral relations



China trains journalists to enhance quality reportage, foster bilateral relations

The People’s Republic of China on Tuesday in Beijing, began the training of select journalists from developing countries to enhance their reportage and strengthen bilateral relations between China and their countries.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent participating in the 14-day training in Beijing, reports that the event, which started on Aug. 16 will end on Aug. 29.

The program is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce through its International Cooperation Dept. and organized by the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) Research and Training Institute (RTI).

Speaking at the event, Mr Chang Jin, Second-Grade Counsel, NRTA, explained that the training was to equip journalists with the knowledge of advanced reporting to foster bilateral relations and people-to-people communication.

He added that the training, which is tagged: ”Seminar on News Media of Developing Countries,” seeks to equip, especially the conventional media practitioners, in the face of the new media, also known as social media.

Jin said: ”In the current day world, the media has a very important role to play in creating common understanding, maintaining peace and promoting joint development.

”The training will also equip media practitioners with the right approach to take in tackling fake news, misinformation and disinformation.

”NRTA sticks to the principle of equality, cooperation and mutual benefit in its relations with all partners in the world.

”We would like to learn from and cooperate with our partners in other countries, and offer assistance on our part in the possible ways we can.”

He also urged participants to pay keen interest during the training and pick up knowledge that would help their countries advance its conventional media like China’s.

“I hope with two weeks’ knowledge sharing, all participants can learn something about China’s experience in its radio, television and online audio-video industry.

“Participants can look towards adopting and promoting the online audio-visual industry to meet with the trend and high demand of the new media.

“I also hope this is a chance for us to facilitate mutual cooperation as well,”Jin said.

Mr Mawugnon Afanou, a participant and Communication Advisor to the Togolese Minister of Communication and Media, who spoke on behalf of all the participants, expressed their gratitude to the Chinese government for the gesture.

He noted that all the participants had great expectations for the training, adding that it would help develop the media sector and further strengthen bilateral relation between countries.

“As representatives of emerging nations, we seize this exceptional opportunity to express our gratitude to the Chinese government for its continued commitment to strengthening media capacities in developing countries.

“In reality, this seminar holds great importance for our region, as it provides a conducive framework for the exchange of experiences and mutual learning in the field of media, particularly leading to the discovery of the Chinese media landscape and its best practices.

“Over the next two weeks, we have no doubt that we will have the privilege of benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of distinguished media trainers and practitioners,’ he said.

Afanou said that participants would utilize the skills which they would acquire in Beijing in promoting journalism professionalism, and the central role of media in the development of their respective countries.

“This initiative reflects the sincere friendship between China and the represented countries here, and we are firmly committed to making good use of these teachings to further contribute to the creation of informed and enlightened societies, in a win-win partnership.

“Furthermore, our gains will not be confined within the borders of China, even though they are, admittedly, immense.

“These gains will serve in our media activities and beyond, benefiting our colleagues with whom we will share them upon our return to our countries,” he added.

Participants were drawn from Bolivia, South Sudan, Burundi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Kiribati, Laos, Pakistan Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan, among others.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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