BY Raymond Benson, KMCO Abia LIFE-ND.
To enhance the communication skills and quality products of Knowledge Management and Communication Officers of Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises, Niger Delta, (LIFE-ND), the Knowledge Officers of the Project, on November 28, 2022, graduated in Short Proficiency Course of Nigeria Television Authority, NTA College Jos, Plateau State.
The participants who are drawn from the six-sponsored states of International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, of the Niger Delta region, had their skills enhanced on photography, photojournalism, camera handling, videography, composition, framing and picture editing, among other areas of journalism.
Addressing the participants, the Rector of the College, Dr. Barnabas Gbam, who was represented by Mrs. Mariam Anyaefiena, congratulated the participants for having successfully gone through the tutulage of the course.
She enjoined the Knowledge Officers to be good ambassadors of the College and to utilize the learned skills into practice, adding that,
“as ambassadors, your names have been added to our data bank. I urge you to shine the light of the College in your various organizations by putting into practice what you’ve learnt here,” she advised.
Speaking on the process of the training, the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Kasim Jibrin, said that the course afforded the participants the opportunity to earn practical knowledge from renowned resource persons in various genres of photojournalism, making them better reporters than when admitted in the College.
Rating the participants, the Dean said,
“I want to inform the management that the set of participants we have are fast learners. Since we’ve started, everything they’re taught doesn’t take them much time to comprehend. They are humble. They’ve conducted themselves very well and we had a harmonious working relationship.
“I’ve seen evidence of leadership in this set of participants. There’s need for us to organize an advanced version of the course for them to continue the progress of their development which will serve as a pedestal for us to ensure that there’s full utilization for what was invested in this programme. As one of the resource persons, I give you full assurance that they are good. We’ll form WhatsApp platform for regular interface,” he concluded.
Responding, the Knowledge Management and Communication Coordinator, Mr. Jerus Uvieghara, on behalf of the participants, thanked National Project Coordinator, Engr. Sanni Abiodun, for graciously approving the training for the Knowledge Management Officers whose competence, due to standard requirement of their duties, needs to be upscalled for better performance.
“NPC is a man that’s driven by results. He looks for the best from his team of staff; he initiates something to do if he’s told of any shortcomings. Now that their capacity has been built, it gives them the edge to do their jobs better and produce better results henceforth,” he said.
Mr. Uvieghara commended the management of the College to have packaged the 2-week proficiency course in a manner that ensured enhancement of the skills of the Knowledge Management Officers and to improve on other deliverables, going forward, adding that returning for advanced courses was necessary for the sustainable development and the target of LIFE-ND project.
Three of the participants, Christian Ekpoor, Ben Akhamie and Allwell Akari also thanked the NPC, for his initiative of developing the capacity of Knowledge Management Officers of the project, promising that the learnt skills would be utilised for the benefit of the project.
Notable resource persons during the training include, Kasim Jibrin, Usman Aliyu, Suru Metie. Others include, Danny Mirror Marx and Lawrence Arokoye.
Participants in six IFAD States include Raymond Benson Abia; Diweri Akah Bayelsa; Christian Ekpor, Cross River; Damian Omare Delta; Ben Akhamie Edo; and Emmanuel Gbenga, Ondo.
NTA College Jos was established in 1980 with the sole mandate of training its personnel for professionalism. Owing to its professional importance, the school grew to a degree awarding College affiliated to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The College since its establishment has produced notable Nigerians in both firm and broadcast industry like, Cyril Stober, Aisha Bello, Tokunbo Ajayi, Sadiq Dabah, the producer of award-winning firm, The Cow, Churchill Wenega, among others.