By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-As the nation strives to restore peace in all parts of the country,the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said that there is a growing need now, more than ever before, for journalists to understand the nuances and technicalities involved in military operations.
This is as he noted that information management in today’s world is critical to national development, adding that the way it is processed could affect national security positively or negatively.
Speaking at the Directorate of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Workshop for Defence Correspondents on Thursday in Abuja, the CAS Who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya, remarked that a Defence Correspondent with inadequate knowledge about the military will not be able to analyse NAF operations effectively.
According to him, “A Defence Correspondent must therefore understand and indeed know the terminologies associated with his beat to enable him report events professionally.
“Just as it is often said that a man cannot give what he does not have, so also will a Defence Correspondent with inadequate knowledge about the military not be able to analyse NAF operations effectively.
“Consequently, the programme has been designed to include such technical details as the rank nomenclatures and differentials in the Nigerian Armed Forces, characteristics and limitations of Air Power, Aircraft types in NAF inventory and roles as well as Armaments on NAF Aircraft” he said.
The Chief of Air Staff expressed optimism that the workshop would go a long way in providing the needed efficiency for Defence Correspondents, especially the cub reporters on the beat, in carrying out their day to day responsibility of informing the public about NAF Operations.
“This Workshop is an avenue to clear any doubts that you might have about NAF Operations. Be rest assured of my continued support to the Gentlemen of the Press as we work together to build a better country for all of us”, he added.
On his part, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Air Vice Marshal, Olatokunbo Adesanya in his welcome address, said there arose a need to fill some gaps in the reportage of the NAF activities by Journalists which led to organising the workshop.
He noted that the workshop had the aim to bring to the fore some specialized activities of the NAF to enrich the knowledge of the Defence Correspondents so as to distinguish them from the every day reporters.
The DOPRI further appreciated the media for their support in the past months, in making the public more aware of the activities of the Air Force.
The one-day enlightenment workshop for Defence Correspondents on Air Power, was aimed at enriching the quality of reportage of Nigerian Air Force air operations and related activities for the benefit of the General Public and certificates were awarded after the training.
According to the Directorate, the workshop is just one in a series of activities lined up to enhance the already cordial relationship existing between the Press and the NAF.