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Training: Lagos NUJ Reaches Out, Secures German, British Embassies Nod

By Ajibola Abayomi,

June 18, 2018.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, Ingo Herbert (right) presenting a German publication to the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council, Dr Qasim Akinreti (middle) while the Secretary of the NUJ, Mr Alfred Odifa watches by side during a visit of the Union to the embassy in Lagos on Thursday, June 14, 2018

In a bid to secure foreign training for its members, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council has established relationship with the German and British embassies.

Both bodies pledged supports for the initiative when the Union’s delegation led by its Chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti visited the embassies on Thursday in Lagos.

The delegation comprised Lagos NUJ International Relations Committee and other State Working Committee members.

The move was applauded by both embassies as a right step in the right direction.

Speaking, Dr Akinreti who presented a proposal to both bodies said that Nigerian journalists particularly those based in Lagos were desirous of more knowledge in order to add value to their jobs and status.

According to him, journalism in the present age demanded constant training and retraining to be able to stand the test of time.

“Nigerians are hardworking people who believe in exploring the value chain both within and outside our environment for good in order to make the world a better place.

“You can count on our integrity and honour in whatever we do so we are knocking on your door to partner with us concerning exchange training programmes because endless opportunities capable of turning around fortunes of journalisms exist both in Nigeria and in the foreign land.”

Responding, Ingo Herbert, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, stated that the embassy would do the needful within its powers after studying the proposal to avail Lagos journalists training opportunities in Germany.

He went the memory lane to inform that since 1964, Germany had cited its embassy in Lagos to facilitate political, technical and economic links between Nigeria and his country.

Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council with the Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Inglo Herbert in a group photograph at the German Embassy in Lagos

According to him, the diplomatic relationship between the two countries remained cordial over the years pointing out that there were over 1, 500 Nigerians studying at different German institutions at the moment.

Inglo, who noted that life as journalist was a bit challenging in Nigeria said that both the Lagos and Abuja offices of the embassy would collaborate with the Lagos NUJ in relevant areas to further promote journalism in the nation.

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