This year’s Nigerian auto journalists training workshop is expected to attract experienced technical trainers and facilitators, who will take the nation’s automotive reporters on basic principles of mechatronics, auto electrical/electronic systems and general automotive maintenance.The event, which holds on Thursday, July 25, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport road, Lagos, will also feature a university don, who will also make presentation on the nation’s automotive policy and zero tariff, just as an insurance company will be dwelling on transport insurance amongst other relevant industry related issues.
Expected as special guests during the training are Aliyu Jelani, Director-General, National Automotive Design & Development Council (NADDC ) and Boboye Oyeyemi, Corp Marshal of the Federal Roads Safety Corps ( FRSC).
The annual training workshop which is designed to boost human capacity for journalists reporting the automotive sector in the country is the fourth edition in the series.
According to the organising committee of the capacity building programme, the forum will also provide avenue for critical stakeholders to ventilate their perspectives on some of the burning issues that relate with the auto industry and the way forward.
Julie Chi-Nwaoha, chairperson of this year’s event, said the auto industry is one fundamental industry in Nigeria that one cannot ignore, because of the huge contributions to the nation’s economy.
“There is need for consistent training and retraining because of its benefit to the motoring journalists that are reporting the beat,” she stressed.
Also commenting on the training programme, Mike Ochonma, Chairman of Nigeria Auto Journalists Association, said the training workshop will impact positively on members as knowledgeable and competent instructors will be on hand to give their best to members. “Journalism is wide and we must open ourselves to consistent training and retraining. It is important that journalists writing about the automotive sector are well informed; they must be well educated and empowered to write effectively without fears”, he said.
The NAJA training workshop is an annual training programme organised to refresh the minds of practicing auto journalists on the trend of auto journalism worldwide.
Members of the association are motoring journalists that cut across the newspapers, television and online media organisations including bloggers from across the country.