UNICEF, Media, 3 States to Sign Agreement on Acton Plan For Children
By Alex Uangbaoje, Sokoto
Stakeholders at the just concluded ‘Media Executives, Director Programme and Producers on Facts for Life Dissemination’ workshop in Sokoto, on Wednesday agreed to sign a partnership agreement and action plan that will specify implementation conditions, processes and direction for media on issues affecting children and women in 2017/2018.
The action plan which will be implemented by the media in collaboration and cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ministries, will be signed by ministries of Health, Education, Water Resources and Rural Development in three (3) states of Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, UNICEF and Media in the 3 states.
A communique issued at the end of the meeting, also called on UNICEF to do more of media monitoring of programmes and reports on children with a view to appreciating media efforts for greater partnership.
They further urged policy makers to allocate more resources to effectively address issues affecting the well-being, survival and development of women and children.
They equally charged the media to scale up voices of vulnerable groups to eliminate wide scale ignorance and illnesses in the communities.
The stakeholders stressed the need for government at all levels to equip existing health centres and build more health facilities, encourage health workers to discharge their responsibilities more diligently, monitor and discipline those found wanting.
They added that more media content be designed and produced to support and encourage breastfeeding, immunisation, hygiene, maternal and child care.
They advised all participating media organisations on the need to leverage each other to develop and share contents, as well as explore issues affecting communities to attract interventions.