By Josef Ishu

All is now set for a workshop for Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications being organized by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) scheduled for Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The 3-day training workshop, which will hold at the Catholic Secretariat Resource Centre, Abuja, has a theme: ‘Empowering Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications for an Integrated and Effective Catholic Media Apostolate in Nigeria”.

According to the National Director of Communications and Chief Planner, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Mike Nsikak Umoh, the training is aimed at ensuring that Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications key into the new vision of the National Media Office, which is “to develop an Integrated, Effective and Efficient Communications Structure for the Catholic Church in Nigeria”, a vision he calls “IEES Project”.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN’s) Chairman, Social Communications and the Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Rev. Denis Chidi Isizoh will deliver a Keynote Address at the event, while the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama will be a Special Guest at the opening ceremony.

Five paper presentations are scheduled for the 3-day event, which include: “Understanding the Mind of the Church on Media Communications” to be delivered by the National Director, Padre Mike Umoh, while the President of Signis-Nigeria and Director of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Patrick Tor Alumuku will share his experience on the topic, “Challenges of running a Catholic Media Office in Nigeria: My Story”.

Other presentations include “Practical Steps for setting up a Basic Audio and Video Recording/Editing Studio” by the Assistant Director of Communications/Manager, Catholic Media Centre, Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Andinyene Udofia, while the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Awka and Director Fides Media, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Martins Anusi will deliver on the topic: “Prospects of a Successful Catholic Media Office in Nigeria: Personal Experience”.

Mr. Godwin Onyekwere of MogRex Limited, Abuja, will make a presentation on “Managing Diocesan Platform on the new CSN App”.

All participants are expected to arrive on Monday, June 14, 2021 to the venue of the workshop.

Meanwhile, the Staff of the National Communications Office are working tirelessly to put finishing touches under the keen supervision of the Director, Padre Umoh.