Fifteen journalists drawn from across the federation have commenced a capacity building training, aimed at making them understand procurement processes in governance.
The training is being facilitated by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).
The Executive Director of the Centre, Mr Dayo Aiyetan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the training was to make journalists understand budgetary and procurement processes to curb corruption.
He explained that understanding procurement processes in governance would expose corrupt activities and track the activities of public office holders.
According to him, there is a dire need for the Nigerian media to understand the issues and processes to be relevant in the anti-graft war of the Federal Government.
“Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian media to understand how to report procurement processes.
“Investigative journalism has gone beyond ordinary reporting. It digs and uncovers secrets and scandals that somebody wants to hide.’’
Aiyetan described the ICIR as an independent, non-profit media group, seeking to promote transparency and accountability.
“We seek to promote good governance and entrench democratic values by reporting, exposing and combating corruption.’’
The theme of the workshop is: “Strengthening the Capacity of the Media on Investigating and Reporting Procurement Processes.”