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In collaboration with industry stakeholders, the Nigerian Auto
Journalists Association (NAJA), the umbrella body of all journalists in Nigeria
covering the automobile/automotive industry, has concluded plans to facilitate
an annual training workshop for the nation’s auto journalists.

L-R—Vice Chairman, Nigeria Auto Journalists Association
(NAJA), Mr. Mike Ochonma; Special Adviser to Governor of Lagos State
on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi; Chairman of NAJA, Mr. Frank
Kintum, Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Dayo
Mobereola and Permanent Secretary MOT, Mr Oluseyi Whenu ….when members of NAJA paid the Commissioner a courtesy visit in his Ikeja office…recently….
The 2-day training, maiden edition of which is scheduled to hold
in the last week of June, is to enhance the participating journalists’
knowledge and depth of reporting the industry and also equip them with
necessary intellectual tools with which to analyze critical issues as it
affects the automobile and allied industries.
Speaking on the training/workshop, NAJA Chairman, Frank Kintum
said the importance of the training workshop cannot be overemphasized,
especially for reporters in the fast evolving automobile industry in the
country.
He said: “We realize that it is only when reporters are well
versed in their jobs that they can ask the right questions and better inform
the public and when people are well informed, they are more likely to make
better investment decisions that will benefit the economy. So it is a win-win
all round.”
According to him, the rationale for the upcoming training is to
encourage continuous learning among journalists to move them from the level of
reporting to analysis.
“We see it as a career building platform for the
journalists,” Kintum stated further. “Also, the more you invest in
journalists, the more you attract investors’ interests, because investors will
make decisions based on what they read.”
Resource persons are
expected from top professionals within the automobile and allied industries.

Already, some auto companies and related
government agencies have keyed into the training, just as others are being
expected to also support the training.

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