By Murtala Muhammad
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi State Council in collaboration with JMT Digital Solutions has conducted a one day training on Digital Security and Safety for twenty five members of the Union, drawn from across all chapels in the state.
Addressing the trainees, the NUJ Chairman, Bauchi State Council, Comrade Umar Sa’idu reiterated commitment to provide such platform for members so as to update their knowledge and keep them abreast with the latest technical advancement.
Comrade Sa’idu who explained that capacity building was one of the cardinal principles of his stewardship, called on the participants to put into practice and share with their colleagues what they have learned.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Bauchi State on Media and Communications, Alhaji Mukhtar Gidado represented by the Director Press, Government House, Alhassan Sulaiman Dambam described the training as a stepping stone that can lead to provision of adequate security to the Journalists while online.
Also speaking, the North East Zonal Manager of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN said the training was apt in view of the current cyber security threats facing the globe and urged the State Council of the NUJ to continue to provide more of such opportunity for its member to enable them carry out their assignments without fear of being hacked.
In a remark, the Managing Director of the Bauchi State Television, BATV Ibrahim Sani Umar said the training might not have come at a better time than now, because criminals were using different soft and spywares to steal information from internet users particularly the journalists.
The Lead Resource Person, Mr. Bilyamin Jambil said participants were acquainted with the knowledge of shielding themselves from any form of cyber attack as well as provided with tools to work with while using the internet.
Some of the trainees, Ibrahim Sani Firdausi Bakondi, Nagari Damina, Mubarak Aliyu and Alhaji Abubakar who expressed delight that the training has widen their horizon, commended the State Council of the NUJ for its foresight and urged it to maintain the spirit.