Leading international oil multinational, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) on Monday flagged off the sponsored training of select Nigerian editors at the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University (PAU), Lekki, Lagos.
The strategic course known as Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills (AWARES) is designed to last for one month, but segmented in a format of one week per month for the duration of four month.
In his welcome address, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of CNL, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn said “this is the fourth year we are sponsoring this programme”
“The feedbacks from previous classes were impressive as a survey on the participants showed that every beneficiary gained from the training. I believe that this 2017 class is going to surpass the previous classes in excellence.
“This is because PAU keeps on working on the curriculum to deliver even better values.
Om why CNL is sponsoring AWARES, Brikinn said “CNL believes strongly in the development of human capital as the foundation of sustainable progress. As you may already know, our vision is to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance”.
Continuing, he revealed that “One of the core values as a company is partnership. It is our practice to partner with relevant stakeholders everywhere we operate, in our efforts to achieve common business and development goals.”
“In Nigeria, we have established enduring partnerships with different stakeholders, among whom are governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business organizations, communities and of course the media. Through programmes such as AWARES, we build professional capacity and lasting partnerships with our media stakeholders.
Brikinn noted that Chevron recognises that our business success is intertwined with the success of the larger society and we believe it is in our long-term interest to add value to society as we create value for our stakeholders.
“We therefore go beyond the traditional contributions that may have physically improved a neighbourhood, but did little to influence society in sustainable way.
The official made it clear that “CNL seeks to make investments that deliver long-term transformative returns as we strengthen societies where we work”.
He added that stable long-term partnerships demand a relentless focus on the fundamentals-and, most importantly, on a partners interests and goals over the longer term.
Earlier in his introductory remarks, facilitator, Mr. Isaac Ezechukwu gave a rundown of the University and explained that the main target of the institution is to churn out the best set of products who will ply their trade with the highest level of international best practices at all times.
Some of the lecturers who drilled participants on day one include Mr. Chido Nwakanma who dwelt on Self-Management for the writer and reporter with presentations and case preparations.
Also, the Dean of the School Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya who gave welcome talk also drilled participants on Creative Thinking for writing reports.
In his goodwill message, the founder and publisher of Business Hilights, Stan Okenwa, a participant, thanked Chevron Nigeria Limited for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and assured that “by the end of the training, all the new strategic ideas learnt will be put to work to enhance news reportage in Nigeria.
Well over 20 Nigerian journalists are attending the month-long training programme.