Where We Work
Albany staff deployed to Nigeria in December 2013 to conduct a communications workshop at the Nigerian National Defence College in Abuja. The aim of the workshop, sponsored by the Office of the National Security Advisor, was to provide communications training to the officers of the NDC and was focused specifically on the challenge of defeating the terrorist group Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. Collaborating with the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of State, Albany brought together respected academics and media specialists in front of an audience of senior Nigerian military officers and international diplomats to discuss ways that communications could assist and supplement existing counter terrorism field operations.
The one week long workshop was opened by the National Security Adviser and attracted significant local media coverage.
Digital Media Regulation Masterclass 2013
Two Albany directors and a regulatory consultant travelled to Uyo, Nigeria to deliver a Digital Media Regulation Masterclass to the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC). The Albany team met with over fifty participants from a variety of offices and departments of the NBC over three days to discuss the country’s digital switchover, licensing, international best practice and online regulation. Participants put theory into practice by breaking into groups and working through a series of hypothetical scenarios reflecting issues faced by the NBC. As a key outcome of the event, Albany and the NBC together developed a concrete and specific plan of action that will move Nigeria closer to its goal of digital switchover by 2015.
Media and Communications Training
A UK-based training was part of a package run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, involving communications and media training for 12 state government spokespeople and media advisors. Flexible to meet the needs of the delegates, much of the workshop centred upon communication strategy, messaging, digital media and interview techniques. The real world issues that provided the framework for practical sessions came largely from the issues surrounding the oil industry, corruption and national security. A vibrant three days of instruction, discussion, debate and exercises proved not only to be highly appreciated but also highly enjoyable, for both instructors and delegates.