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Capacity-building workshop for information officers, media aides ends in Kano

Organised by the Ministry of Information and Internal Affairs, the workshop was aimed at human capital development for the civil servants, according to the commissioner, Baba Halilu Dantiye.
About 214 participants, comprising of information officers from every government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), local government areas, media aides, news and current affairs managers, and reporters selected from public and private media organizations, attended the training.
Held at Tahir Guest Palace from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th October, 2023, the workshop was divided into two sections.
The first set of the participants were local government information officers, while the second part of the program was organized for information officers/PROs attached to MDAs. Each group, however, spent three (3) days receiving the training.
Speaking during the closing ceremony on Saturday, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf said organizing the workshop was in tandem with government’s resolve to ensure the free flow of information and the people’s right to information, particularly on the activities of the government, in order to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.
Abba Kabir Yusuf, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Capacity-building workshop, Information officers, Media aides, Kano State
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye

He stated that his administration is according priority attention to training and retraining of all workers in the state on modern techniques and skills at all levels.

Yusuf also identified the information officers as strong allies in development, attesting that “there is absolutely no doubt about pivotal role about which the information officers, and the media play in the progress and wellbeing of the society.

“There is absolutely no doubt that acquisition of information and communication techniques and skills are the bases and the very lifeblood of modern information desimination,” the governor said.

On his part, the commissioner spoke extensively on the essence of organizing the training, including building the capacity of information officers on modern techniques of

reporting for improved service delivery, and uplifting them off the relevance indispensability and challenges of the social media”.

Abba Kabir Yusuf, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Capacity-building workshop, Information officers, Media aides, Kano State
A cross section of participants at the workshop

Other key objectives, according to Dantiye, are “to enhance the participants’ communication skills for effective information dissemination, and update their skills on modern public relations activities that include media relations, crisis management, event management, among others”.

The commissioner said the ministry carefully but deliberately selected the theme: “Effective Information Dissemination in Digital Era: The Role of Information Officers,” to reflect on the dynamic nature of the profession of information dissemination and the ever-changing pattern of the mass media.

He, therefore, urged the participants to fully understand the current trend and key into it in order to rub shoulders with their colleagues globally, adding that organizing the workshop will go in a long way in improving the process of governance and the socio-economic development of the state in general.

During the event, 15 resource persons, drawn from academic community, mainstream media, public service, and civil society organizations, presented papers.

They include Prof. Mainasara Kurfi and Dr. Bala Muhammad, all from Bayero University, Kano; Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, the Secretary to the State Government; Dr. Mukhtar Magaji, former editor-in-chief at Triumph newspaper; Jamilu Jega, Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission; Barrister Yusuf Abdulsalam, the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Nigerian Sketch online newspaper; Aminu Kabir Yassar, a director at the Ministry of Information; and Abullateef Jos, the publisher of Solace Base online newspaper.

Othrs are Dr. Halima Kamilu, former editor Sunday Triumph; Dr. Saleh Maina, a public affairs analyst; Ahmad Aminu and Muhammad Danyaro, two retired Permanent Secretaries at Kano State Ministry of Information; Mallam Yahaya Umar, Director Achieves, Council Affairs Directorate, and Yusha’u Shu’aib, the publiser of PR Nigeria.



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