The Nigerian Journalists have been called upon to create awareness on the benefits of Islamic banking.
The Managing Director of the Islamic Banking and Finance institute of Nigeria, Mr. Sani Dutsinma says creating public awareness is one of the key ingredients for achieving a smooth rollout of Islamic Finance institute and there is no better place to begin than with the Journalists.
Mr. Dutsinma made the call in Abuja at a sensitisation workshop organised for Journalist, by the Islamic Banking and Finance institute of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.
On recession, the Managing Director said Nigeria could only get out of it by doing the right thing.
“By doing the right thing, we should stop importing goods and services and start exporting because we have abundant wealth…We should try as much as possible to patronise made in Nigeria Products.
“We should teach the younger generation the importance of appreciating our products,’’ Mr. Dutsinma said.
The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abdulwaheed Odusile said Journalists were the intermediaries between stakeholders and the general public.
“Journalists act as a mirror with which the society can view itself and they occupy a central position in any media organisation…The mass media offer the widest and the fastest means of disseminating information,’’ he said.
Mr Odusile urged the participants to open their minds and have a better understanding of what Islamic Banking and Finance was all about.
The NUJ National Secretary Shu’aibu Leman represented Abdulwaheed Odusile at the workshop.
A resource person from the Department of Economics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Professor Chika Aliyu explained the principles and ways which Islamic economic, Banking and Finance could help in solving economic challenges.
Professor Aliyu called on Journalists to pass the message across to relevant stakeholders in Nigeria.
“The Union of Journalist should go extra miles in recommending some of the issues raised in this papers to the presidency to form part of the policies especially now that the economy is in recession,’’ he explained.
Some of the Journalists who attended the workshop said they now have a better idea on Islamic Banking and promised to pass the massage to the society.
The one day workshop was to educate, enlighten and sensitise Journalists on the fundamentals of Islamic Banking and Financing.