An NGO, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has begun a two-day training for 20 journalists on anti-corruption reporting in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event on Monday in Bauchi, the Executive Director of CITAD, Zakari Ya’u, said that the training supported by the MacArthur Foundation, drew participants from the 19 northern states of the country.
He said that the exercise was aimed at exposing media practitioners to the menace of the high level of corruption in Nigeria.
Ya’u pointed out that the training would guide participants on how to create a deeper public awareness on the evil of corruption through their reportage.
According to the Executive Director, the training will further expose reporters to some of the tools that can be used in researching and reporting corruption issues in the country.
”You will all agree with me that corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of our society, and if we don’t act fast to kill it, it will kill us.
”However, we can’t kill it by mere talks; unless Nigerians come together in unison to fight the menace.
”So, this workshop is to expose and equip participants, who are generally reporters with the requisite knowledge in order to create the awareness that will excite Nigerians to be ready to fight the menace.
”We are here to work together by sharing knowledge and fashion out ways that would deepen research and report corruption cases that would stimulate Nigerians to want to kick out the hydra-headed monster,” he said.
Ya’u also disclosed that some of the participants would be given mini grants by the organisation in order to investigate corruption cases at various levels.(NAN)