By Prudence Ujah, Abuja

The former Director General of NTA Professor Tonnie Iredia has reiterated the need for the federal government to embrace Information Communication and Technology in totality by adopting electronic voting as a means to ensure free and fair elections in the country.

Speaking during his paper presentation on Reporting Science for What? at an international Workshop on Science Journalism and Science Communication Curriculum development which was organised by the Institute of Strategic and Development Communication (ISDEVCOM), Nassarawa state University, Keffi (NSUK), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Robert Bosch Stiftung with the theme Improving scientific and media literacy for development in Africa, Professor Iredia said Nigeria is due for electronic voting.

He however called for more involvement of Science Journalist to ensure effective communication and reportage of scientific inventions in the Country.

The Training Coordinator, SciDev.Net, Nairobi, Kenya, Dr Charles Wendo said science plays a huge role in development while shortage of African Journalist to understand the scientific advancements and report on Science is indeed a challenge that needs to be addressed.

According to Wendo, “Media provides the public and policymakers with information for making decisions, but currently there is a shortage of African Journalists who can report on Science and this Challenges can be overcome through online training, supporting university curriculum development, creating networking opportunities and co-productions with media houses.

The Vice Chancellor of NSUK Professor Muhammad Akaro Maioma, who acknowledged the huge gap in proper communication of research outputs and interventions in the country, called for improved collective efforts towards science reporting for the understanding and utilization by the citizens.

The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Egbeba, reinstated the need for wider coverage of science in other for the populace to benefit maximally from recent invention and for the right information to be circulated.

In his address, the Director General of the FRCN, Dr MAnsur Liman, stressed the need to remove the myths around science communication and make it more approachable for easier understanding.

In his words, “the world needs professionals that can communicate science and technology to the world as Science and Technology is driving the world and has made it a global village”

The Executive Director of ISDEVCOM, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura said the conference is aimed at straightening existing science communication curriculum and to address the gaps in communication, as well as improve media literacy of researchers and scientists.

While responding to the question on how regular the workshop will hold, Dandaura said “we hope this workshop will be a continuous one and will lead to an improvement on existing curriculum for science communication and provide mentoring programs for science communicators as well as build the capacity of science Journalists.”



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