Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Professor Bashir Usman, has charged Nigerian professionals to keep themselves abreast of current global trends to remain relevant in the country's developmental efforts.
Speaking yesterday, while opening a two weeks special computer training for 20 members of Adamawa State Correspondents Chapel, organised by the university. Usman said the media industry, like most knowledge-based industries, needed constant training and retraining to enable them perform their duties effectively.
He said with the current globalisation drive, there is an urgent need to train Nigerian professionals in the emergent field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), so that they can be competitive internationally.I CT, he said, is at the core of the duties of a modern journalist, with the conversion of both printing and broadcast equipment from the analoque to digital technology, adding that any journalist who refuses to acquire competence in ICT skills has no business being in the profession.
Usman said the university is equipped with modern state of the art computing and other ICT equipment, and is ready to provide any kind of training required to media practitioners within two weeks,The 100 capacity computer laboratory facility was equipped for the university by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).