Nigeria: Oil and gas reform course for journalists begin in Lagos

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Twenty-five journalists from various media organisations across the country have begun a specialized course aimed at fostering deeper understanding and knowledge of the oil and gas sector in Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

The Master Class in Oil and Gas Reporting Course, which will last between June 20 and July 1, 2016, is part of an array of programs under the NRGI-Nigeraia Media For Oil Reform (MFOR) program.

The two-week course is on full sponsorship of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), in collaboration with the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Wole Soyinka Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Premium Times.Knowledge modules will take participants through the Natural Resource Charter benchmarking framework and 12 precepts for evaluating governance across the decision chain, NRGI media capacity development associate,Toyin Akinniyi, has said.

The course covers ethics; analytic and investigative reporting; data and evidence-based reporting; and professional development topics such as time-management.

The journalists will undergo three-month mentorships following the course to bolster their ability to closely cover oil and gas governance, she said.

The participants are expected to appreciate the role of a strong and independent media in promoting transparency and good governance of extractive industries and revenues.

It also avails them proper understanding of the overall structure of extractive industries, the life cycle and value chain of resource extraction, and the most common benefit streams and different ways to capture and maximize these benefits.

She said a more engaged media and effective reporting about extractive industries can play a catalytic role.

The Vice Chancellor of the Pan-Atlantic University, Prof Juan Manuel Elegido, said the course is expedient because of the global turbulence in the oil and gas industry.

He said journalists' understanding of the extractive industry will enhance transparency, accountability and good governance in the sector.

Dozens experts drawn from the academia, extractive industry, media, among others are scheduled to speak on various topics during the course.