The Federal Government has announced plans to re-position all Federal Government-owned media establishments for better efficiency and competition by securing a partnership with Al Jazeera.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known in a statement issued in Doha, who on Sunday visited the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre in Doha.
Lai Mohammed said he was not satisfied with the performance of the government-owned media establishments and had decided the lack of excellence while pledging to re-position them for better efficiency and to be more competitive.
He lamented the poor performance of the public-funded media establishments, which he says has been affected by the lack of adequate attention to training, programming and infrastructure over the years.
The Minister who said that his visit was in furtherance of his efforts to forge training and development collaboration with the international news network, added that the Nigerian government wants a brand new television station that will be among the best in the world.
During his visit, Lai Mohammed was conducted round the facility by Al Jazeera’s Director, Mr. Mounir Daymi, with other officials of the center.
The Minister who admitted that the training and re-training of journalists was very important because the media industry was very dynamic, disclosed that officials of the Media Training and Development Center would soon be invited to Nigeria for a need-assessment visit, to train the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) journalists as well as their photographers.
He also said journalists from the government-owned broadcasting stations could be attached to Al Jazeera for a few weeks under an exchange programme that would be mutually beneficial to all.
Al Jazeera’s Director, Mr. Mounir Daymi, disclosed that the media center had trained about 30,000 journalists, mostly from the Middle East, China and Africa in its 12 years of existence.