The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, November 12, trained 24 members of the Africa Young Female Advisers Initiative (AYFAI) on the use of social media and countering disinformation.
The training which took place at the conference room of the CDD focused on the use of social media to engage the public for good.
It also created a platform for building the capacity of members of the initiative towards improving on their social media management and countering disinformation and misinformation at their various places of work.
Speaking at the training, the Director of CDD, Idayat Hassan, represented by the Centre’s Senior Programme Officer, Austin Aigbe, welcomed the participants to the event.
Hassan said: “The meeting is crucial, CDD has been engaged in the business of countering misinformation since 2018 and it is a good thing that the AYFAI is here today. I am also sure that the outcome of the training would be a good one.”
During the session, participants were engaged in Understanding Social Media as a Tool for Good Governance, Fake News and Its Danger to Peace and Democracy, Understanding Disinformation Through Gender Lens, Tools for Spotting and Countering Disinformation, Reporting Fake News and Dissemination of Fact-Check on Social Media among many others.
Participants who spoke at the event described the opportunity as important and timely.
For Ifeoma Agwu, a social media assistant at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA) said she has learnt to separate her emotions and personal opinion from her job.
Speaking, Chika Ebogha of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), said the knowledge of the fact- checking tools garnered during the training will be very helpful.
“I think that is one thing I am taking away from this training,”Egogha said.
Also, for John Joshua Akanji, a media assistant at the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport, the session has given him an opportunity to understand that social media can be used as a great tool for communication.
Akanji said he believes there is need for media aide of government agencies to bridge the gap created by lack of information sharing between state owned agencies and the dissemination of these information to the people.
“I have learned that we need to engage and if we need to communicate with your people, we need to come down to their own space. We need to come down from our high horses,” Akanji said.