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ActionAid, SCRAP-C train journalists in budget tracking process

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BUDGET TRACKING

Leading Non Governmental Organization, ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with SCRAP-C has charged Nigerian journalists to take active role in the budget tracking process of the Federal government.

This charge was given at the just concluded capacity building training for journalists drawn across Nigeria.

The lecture tagged, “Advanced Investigative Reporting Training for Nigerian journalists” is held at the Swiss International d’palms Airport Hotel, Ajao Estate, Lagos.

Veteran journalist, Lekan Otufodurin who took the first training session tagged “Budget Tracking- Advanced) urged Nigerian journalists to be objective and hold on to facts while reporting.

According to the media guru: “Journalists, while reporting budget, must track every data and report figures accurately. We must make sure we track and report budget based on facts and not rumours. Budget has to do with data and figures, and as such, we must lay hands on these figures and report them the way they are.”

Speaking on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law, Otufodurin claims most journalists aren’t using the FOI bill as much as they should, and advises them to follow the law to avoid running into trouble.

CobraReview reports that the training is an initiative for Journalists Against Poverty (JAP) sponsored by ActionAid Nigeria in alliance with SCRAP-C.

The training, according to an ActionAid official, Mr Newton Otsemaye, is geared towards partnering with Nigerian journalists to effect social Change in the country.

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