We are targeting 95% digital literacy in Nigeria by 2020 – DG NITDA

By Abdullahi jalaludddeen

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reiterated its commitments to training journalists across the country on digital journalism and ways to enhance the profession by adapting digital skills.

The Director-General of NITDA Kashifu Inuwa stated this during the closing ceremony of a 3-day workshop on Digital Journalism and Fact-Checking for some selected journalists in Kano, organized by Image Merchants Promotion Limited (IMR) publishers of Nigeria and Economic Confidential with the support of NITDA, Held in Kano.

Alhaji Kashifu Inuwa explained that the agency was working assiduously in the aspect of enlightening professionals and the public with modern techniques of utilizing the Internet with the of aim improving digital literacy among Nigerians.

He said the objective of the workshop was to acquaint journalists with modern tools of fact-checking news before reporting it to the larger Society.

Kashif Inuwa maintained that the National Information Technology Development Agency would not relent in relent providing the requisite training for Nigerians on how to fact check fake news on Social media geared towards Addressing hate speech and other related issues on Social media.

He urged the participants of the training to make adequate utilization of the training they acquired, aimed at addressing numerous challenges of circulating fake news on social media platforms.

Earlier, the CEO of Image Merchants Promotion (IMR) Yushau Shuaib, pointed out the need for journalists to be well-skilled digitally and use social media platforms wisely to avoid sharing fake stories and promoting hate speech.

He Commended NITDA for the support they rendered logistically geared towards ensuring that the training Achieved maximum success.

Presenting the Communique at the end of the workshop Malam isyaku Ahmed explained that the gathering has agreed that “Journalists should be patriotic, responsible and ethical in setting agenda for driving national cohesion and stability by using digital tools, social media, and other internet platforms to counter the menace of fake news, hate-speech among other vices on blogosphere”

” Participants also recommend that the critical contribution of digital technology to the GDP and another advancement of technology should be promoted to sustain job creation, security, and national development across all sectors of the economy”

During the closing ceremony certificates of participation were presented to the Participants

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