SARAKINigerian Senators are expected to undergo free training on the use of popular social media platform- Facebook, the Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Senator Isa Galaudu has disclosed.

According to a tweet sent earlier on Friday by the President of the Senate on his tweeter handle @bukolasaraki, the training is at no cost to the senate as Facebook offered to conduct the training for free. “The training is absolutely free. Facebook Inc covering their cost of flying to Nigeria,” he tweeted, in response to queries about the cost implication to the country.

Galaudu, who has already sent letters to 109 senators of the eighth assembly formally inviting them for the training programme, said the programme was in line with the promise of the leadership of the Senate to utilise the social media to reach the Nigerian people for better representation.

“Senators and their aides will receive training on use of facebook in line with the promise of the President of the Senate to ensure more representative legislature using e-parliamentary tools. This is a partnership between the Office of the Senate President and Facebook”, Galadu explained on Thursday.

“Senators and aides who wish to participate in the programme should please email with their full names,” he announced, noting that the Facebook team, led by its African Head of Public Policy, will be in Nigeria at the weekend for the training slated for Monday.

By Olisemeka Obeche

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