By Hafsat Abdullahi
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in conjunction with the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) yesterday in Abuja held a capacity building workshop for female journalists to equip them with safety tips in carrying out their work effectively.
It is the second Federation of African Journalists training seminar held in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the sponsor of the training seminar, Mulikat Akande, former majority leader in the House of Representatives, commended IFJ and FAJ for finding capacity building of women in journalism worthy of national discussion and the need to empower women to achieve their potentials.
“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and career options to jobs in industry, public service, agriculture and science’’, she said.
She further emphasized on the need for women to be treated equally with their male counterparts in their areas of work to enable them show their potentials and the need for them to know that their future is in their hands.
The National secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Shuaibu Liman, who represented the National President, said that the seminar was to promote the sanctity of press freedom and gender equality in the profession.
“We desire to have equality regardless of gender in the profession. We believe together every citizen, every journalist can contribute to the development of the country”, he added.
Liman urged journalists to know that their safety is more important than their stories, saying he believes that the trainings will be extended across the country with adequate funding.
The chairman of NUJ in Federal Capital Territory (F.C.T), Paul Ella Abechi in his remark had expressed the importance of abiding by the ethics of the profession and the dangers reporters find themselves in when they formulate stories that are libelous which makes it difficult for the union to help them.
One of the guest speakers, Nnola Malu, called the attention of journalists on the need to abide by the ethics of their profession and the importance of capacity building for women for their work to be effective.