Media NGO partners VON on training, donates media resources

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Kate Abido, Lagos

Media Career Development Network (MCDN) Team and Management Staff of VON

A Media training and research organization has commended the Management of Voice of Nigeria for taking the initiative to create a training department.

The Executive Director of Media Career Development Network, MCDN, a media Non-Governmental Organisation, Mr Lekan Otufodurin however called on the Management to give the new department the needed support and properly fund it to help staff discharge their duties better.

Mr Otufodurin who was speaking during a courtesy visit to Voice of Nigeria, said that what VON has done is what people would want to emulate, so it should be done very well.

He said the courtesy visit to the Department was to see how his organisation would support the new VON Training department in the training and mentoring of its staff.

The Executive Director, MCDN, Mr Lekan Otufodurin shedding light on the essence of the visit

According to him, training and retraining was necessary in any organisation that wants to be relevant in the industry.

He encouraged VON to not only train but to mentor as according to him, mentoring helps mind the gap.

Recalling the Training School of the Daily Times Newspaper of old, he urged VON to fashion its training in that way, so that people who are interested in being in the industry can be trained to make it easy for them to flow in their work.

“And even if you have been working over a period, there is need to always go back and retrain. That’s what we do and that’s why we are here to pledge our support. There are people looking for where to be trained, the first thing is you must have a training department; you must make it available for inside and make it available for outside, either way, it works,” he said.

According to Otufodurin, this was necessary because we are at a time when the media has almost changed, what we learnt years ago, is no longer what is operating, so we need to train a whole generation of media people and it should start in house that is the only way we can ensure that we can continue to be relevant, as training is one way to take our organization to greater heights.

The Executive Director said his organization was open to partnership with VON and looks forward to a rewarding partnership.

Responding, the Director News, Mr Austeen Elewodalu also lamented that paucity of funds had made Training departments of organisations the first casualty, where trainings were always suspended.

“Regrettably, the Training Department is usually the first casualty when an organization is broke, it is not supposed to be the case, it should be well funded to discharge its responsibilities as we need to be at par with our competitors,” he stressed.

The Director said that all departments in a broadcasting house needs to be trained and retrained for effectiveness or the whole work of the reporters would be messed up. He said it was for this and other reasons that VON was already retraining its staff through different in-house trainings.

He promised that VON would Partner with MCDN especially in the area of mentorship.
Mr Abdul-Warith Solanke, Acting Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning and Corporate Development also said that VON would be willing to partner with MCDN when it wants to train in Broadcasting as VON has experienced people in that area.

Resource materials

VON’s Director of News, Mr Austeen Elewodalu receiving resource materials donated by MCDN from Mr Lekan Otufodunrin

The NGO thereafter donated some of its publications and other resource materials to the VON Library which is under the training department.

The visiting team and VON Management team were led to the library by the
Deputy Director Training, Mrs Ugonma Cokey.

Deputy Director Training, Voice of Nigeria- Mrs Ugonma Cokey addressing the gatthering

Mrs Cokey thanked Mr Otufodunrin and his team, which was made up of Mr Tunde Abatan, one of the directors and Miss Onyilola Awonuga for the visit and the donation, as well as the Management staff members of VON for their presence at the event.

Background

Media Career Development Network is a media NGO committed to training, mentoring and research in the country.
Mr Lekan Otufodurin until last year when he voluntarily retired, was the Online Editor of the Nations Newspaper. He has worked in the media for more than three decades; he is a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, President of Journalists for Christ and Chairman of Education Committee of the Nigerian Union of Journalists Lagos among others.

Edited by Eniola Ajayi

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