LAGOS – Nigeria’s external radio service, the Voice of Nigeria has commenced a month-long training of its staff, as part of its efforts to buoy the technical capacities of its workforce and improve their productivity.
Twenty-five members of staff from the News, Digital Media and Programmes Department will sit modules in Broadcast Chain, News Reporting, Use of Language, News Writing and Editing, Phonetics and Phonology as well as Script Writing.
Welcoming the participants to the training, Mrs Ugonma Cokey, Deputy Director of Training assured that the training would be beneficial to the career advancement of the participants. She noted that only content producers who had not been trained since their appointments into the VON were selected for the training.
Also speaking, Mr. AbdurRazaq AbdusSalam, director of Public Affairs who represented the Director General underscored the importance the organisation attaches to the training of staff. Hence, he said, the VON management had established Training as a full-fledged department to ensure that staff have adequate capacity to discharge their duties.
Participants at the training are expected to acquire more production skills that would enhance their output in their respective departments, while hoping that more training opportunities would be provided from time to time.
Newly formed, the Training department has been charged with the responsibility of imparting knowledge of the business processes required in ensuring that VON remains the authoritative voice in broadcasting in Nigeria. As part of its efforts, the department was concurrently running training for staff in the Engineering and ICT department in Abuja after having concluded modules for staff in the News and Programmes department.
Mr. Oyeleke, Assistant Chief Training Officer, summarized the goal of the training department. “Training department will be one of the foremost departments in VON that will ensure impartation of qualitative knowledge through tailor-made training programmes. This will result in full actualization of human resources potential of staff across all departments.” He further noted that promoting staff and organisational effectiveness will benefit from the array of training innovations that are cost effective in achieving the mandate of the Voice of Nigeria.
Facilitators at the training, each of whom have 25 years of productive service in the broadcasting industry, were drawn from different departments of the organization.