Bayelsa seeks continuous capacity building for journalists, other professions

Deputy Governor Gboribiogha John Jonah

It is imperative to continuously build capacity for practicing journalists and every profession in order to ensure that practicing professionals have opportunities to sharpen their skills, the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (Rtd) has said.

He stated this while speaking at a two-day capacity building workshop for practicing journalists in Bayelsa State.

He said: “The importance of training and a refresher ‎course of this nature cannot be over-emphasized, particularly for practitioners of a dynamic profession like journalism. Given the constant evolution of theories and principles of the profession, journalists must have this kind of platform to regularly update their knowledge in order to be abreast with modern trends.”

The deputy governor, while charging journalists to always be alive to their responsibilities, said the restoration government under Governor Seriake Dickson believes in maintaining a robust partnership with both the public and privately owned media outfits. ‎

According to him: “We also believe strongly in ensuring that journalists have access to information so as to educate, promote and propagate the vision of the government to members of the public. A people that are properly informed will always be an asset while an ill-informed people will always constitute a nuisance.”

He commended the Commissioner ‎for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson for his thoughtfulness in putting together the workshop and expressed delight that it was an all-inclusive workshop for both private and public‎ media outfits.

Earlier the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson‎ had highlighted the importance of the workshop and why his ministry decided to organize it, saying the time has come for a change in the way Bayelsa is reported in the media.
Iworiso-Markson‎ explained that so much development works going on the state that are not reported in the media.

His words: “This government is doing so much and since we came on board we have changed the face of the state. From education, health, security to Agriculture and infrastructure, we have recorded huge successes but yet you hear reports in the media that do not capture these developments.

The workshop had, “The role of the media in a state, changing the narrative of Bayelsa‎”‎ as the theme and was aimed at giving the participants a clearer understanding of objectively telling the story of the new Bayelsa under Governor Seriake Dickson.

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