ICIR to Train Nigerian Journalists on Illicit Finance

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Adedayo Adejobi

The International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) has announced the names of 20 Nigerian journalists it said were successful for its investigative reporting capacity building project.

The project, according to a statement by Tajudeen Suleiman, ICIR Project Director, was aimed at building the capacity of journalists in investigative reporting.

The reporting will cover issues like illicit international financial flows and tax matters to promote transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria.

The successful qualified journalists were drawn from the online, print and electronic (Television & Radio) media across the country.

Among them were Adedayo Adejobi, THISDAY Newspapers; Daily Trust journalist Daniel Adugbo; Kelechukwu Iruoma, Vanguard Newspapers; Bayo Akinloye, The Punch; Joseph Olaoluwa, Nation Newspaper and Isaac Anyaogu of BusinessDay.

Those selected from the broadcast media included: Olu Philips, Channels TV; Ukamaka Owoh, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA); Shamsiyya Haruna, Freedom Radio; Mustapha Musa Kaita, Liberty Television and Lulu Bankong of Independent Television.

Representing the online were Ada Igboanugo of the The Cable Newspapers; Wilfred Okiche, YNaija; OpeOluwani, SweetcrudeReports and Aderemi Alex Ojekunle of Nigerian Bulletin, among others.

The training programme, ICIR said, was part of a project initiated by the ICIR and supported by the Ford Foundation aimed at bringing the media and civil society together to work on social accountability, equality and governance issues.

The two-year project will see both journalists and civil society organisations collaborating and complementing each other’s work in promoting good governance.

The qualified journalists will participate in two intensive training programmes over a two-year period that will be delivered by professionals from within and outside the shores of Nigeria.