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Experts harp on importance of investigative journalism

Discussants at the Investigative Journalism workshop at bayero University Kano sponsored by MacAthur foundation. Photo: Abdullahi Jalaluddeen (Radio Nigeria)

Investigative journalism has been described as a tool for addressing the challenges of injustice, corruption and other numerous issues that bedevilled development in many nation’s across the globe.

A renonwed multiple award winner on investigative journalism a Ghaninan by origin Anas Aremeyau stated this during a workshop at bayero University Kano on investigative jornalisms sponsored by MacAthur faoudation .

Aremaya’u said working journalists needed to imbibe the culture of investigation in the course of compeling their reports with aim of addressing challenges that hinders development in developing countries.

The veteran journalist implored higher institutions of learnings in Africa and beyond to incorporate investigative journalism in their curriculum of studies aimed at breeding them young for the development of the society.

In a remark the convener of the workshop the Dean school of postgraduate studies Bayero University Kano professor Umar Pate said the workshop was one of the capacity enhancement activities on investigative journalism in the faculty of communication studies in the last two and half years with the support of MacArthur foundation.

He said the training would go along way in acqainting feature and working journalists with the necessary idaes and courage on how to go along with ivestigative journalism.

Presenting his speech the former executive director Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Kaduna national station Alhaji Halilu Ahmed Getso said journalists needed to have courage and be honest while discharging their constitutional responsibilities.

Speaking while declaring the workshop opened the vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano professor Mohammad Yahuza Bello represented by the Deputy vice Chancellor Acadamics professor Adamu Tanko said the university was spending huge resources through the support of MacArthur foundation in training and mentoring working and feature journalists on techniques of practicing investigative journalism.

The Director news of FRCN Malam Sani Suleiman other media executives, acadamicians , scholars,students ,other stakeholders were among those that attended the occasion.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen/Kano.

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