Boko Haram: U.S trains government spokespersons

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle has called for coordination among government spokespersons for effective countering of Boko Haram’s propagandas.

Entwistle, who spoke at the opening of the Federal Government Spokespersons’ workshop organized by the U.S embassy in collaboration with Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), maintained that effective press operations are critical to communicating clear and timely information to the public.

The training which was at the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, the ambassador said would place emphasis on countering radical narratives and helping the government to create a much coordinated front.

He said, “Effective government press operations are critical to communicating clear and timely information to the public. Your ability to deliver President Buhari’s messages about counter-terrorism, ending corruption, and furthering economic development are important to the future of Nigeria.”

The ambassador also added that “open and unfettered access to information is the essential ingredient that promotes democracy and accountability in governance.

He reminded Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Assistant to the President of Media and Publicity, Mr. Shehu Garba, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and other government spokespersons present at the forum that their work carries a tremendous amount of responsibility.

“It will shape public knowledge and perceptions of the government. Doing this job effectively, in a fast-paced, technology-driven world requires cutting edge skills,” he added.

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