The Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED has challenged media practitioners to report issues that have direct impact and influence on the ordinary citizen.
The Media and Civic Engagement Associate of the Center, Armsfree Ajanaku made the call at a capacity building for journalist and CSOs on UBE services in Kaduna, organised by the Center with support from MacArthur Foundation.
Speaking on the significance of writing stories which records successes in the lives of citizens eventually, Ajanaku said journalists need to engage in investigative reportage to expose issues that negatively affect people which requires government intervention.
“Journalism is powerful as it is the only profession mentioned in the Constitution. All you need to do is to write stories that will influence the lives of the citizens using both traditional and new media,”
He advised the participants to take further steps in sourcing news stories especially in the rural areas where the masses get affected and also share such stories on social media platforms that can attract donors from across the World.
“Many journalists have built legacies for themselves using their bylines. All you need do is to pick data to create narratives within the community on issues particularly on health, education and environment,” Ajanaku added.
The Editor-in- Chief, Regulatory World Online news, Olanrewaju Osho said, if all journalists would report on all the UBE services being delivered in the Country, the government would be embarrassed as a lot of ills surrounding the project would be exposed.
He urged the media practitioners to challenge operators like the UBE and Director of Finance for greater transparency and accountability on the project.
Human Angle Stories
Osho added that, journalist should get involved in human angle stories which affects the common man.
The UBE is one of these projects which is meant to educate the masses with all the educational inputs, yet there are over 13 million out of school children across the Country.
“The Media and CSOs should investigate budgetary allocation, cost and quality of the projects. Investigate projects completed or abandoned and as well the quality of graduates of the UBE program and the entire UBE management”.
Professor Abdulmumini Ahmed of the Law Department, Bayero University Kano in his presentation, advised UBE Board members in Nigeria to have an overview of the entire project.
He said the idea of the overview was to ensure the UBE mission which is aimed at eradicating illiteracy, ignorance and poverty as well as accelerate national development should be enforced.
Ahmed called on the media to accord priority coverage to education by ensuring transparency and accountability that warrants basic quality education to children as enshrined in the constitution.