The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) with support from Trust Africa held training on Advanced Media Relations and Advocacy for its staff and stakeholders in Abuja. The event took place from 26th – 27th, April 2018.
The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr. Waziri Adio, in his remarks, welcomed all participants, thanked Trust Africa for providing the support in this critical sector of media relations and advocacy, and stressed the importance of training for all stakeholders in the EITI process.
He emphasized the need for strategic communication by all stakeholders.
Mr Adio stated that ‘‘for effectiveness, we need to understand the basics of communication”.
The Executive Secretary stressed that communication stands human beings out based on their ability to device tools to communicate and reach their audiences. He called on the participants to be agents of change wherever they find themselves.
He admonished the participants to imbibe the culture of reading in their everyday life in line with the adage that “you are what you read”.
Mr Adio concluded by advising the participants to always be prepared for crisis in-line with Murphy’s Law which states that “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”.
The workshop was designed to take participants through the basics in communication; developing press releases & statements, report writing and minute taking, producing impactful media products, anchoring events and presentation, tips on effective media relations, media tools and ethics, effective communications using podcasts and why strategy matters.
Stakeholders at the workshop were drawn from the media, civil society and NEITI.