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CSR: NPA trains maritime reporters on challenges of new media

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to its stakeholders, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has concluded a 3-day training workshop for Maritime Reporters as well as its in-house staff.

The training, which held at the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI), Bonny Camp, Victoria Island in Lagos, was organised as part of NPA’s drive to build and upscale the capacity of employees, Maritime Reporters and other stakeholders in the sector in a bid to forge mutual understanding.

Tagged, “Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime News Reportage in an Increasingly Digital Mobile and Social Media Environment,” the training drew experts and resource persons from academia, private sector and the Army.

Speaking at the opening session last Monday January 20, Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director, urged participants to take advantage of the opportunity, which the course provides to learn how to continually project the corporate image of the organisation in a positive way.

Usman, who was represented by Olusola Akosile, head of Graphics in the Corporate and Strategic Communication department, described maritime sector as a N9 trillion industry that has heavy investment in port infrastructure by the Federal Government and the private sector.

She said the social media had become a phenomenon in the hands of users and only those with the requisite professional knowledge and skills could meet the rapidly changing digital atmosphere and benefit from its vast opportunities.

She urged Maritime Reporters to ensure ethical reporting and use their acquired knowledge to further consolidate on the cordial relationship with maritime agencies.

Abubakar Anka, acting commandant of NASPRI, disclosed that the training was the second in the series to be handled by his unit, and expressed hope that participates’ capacity for writing objective reports, would be enhanced.




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