Journalists task states on passage of Child Rights Law

Saraki said that the fund’s school enrollment campaign sought to partner the education stakeholders at the state level to ensure that the impact reached the grassroots.<br />

Journalists have frowned at the delay by states in the North East to pass the Child Rights Law. They made this known after a two-day workshop organised for media practitioners from Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau and Taraba States, which make up the Bauchi Field Office of the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF). They expressed dismay at the inability of states that have domesticated the law to ensure full implementation. They also agreed to use their platforms to improve reportage on issues relating to children.

A communiqué jointly signed by Paul Orude of The Daily Sun, Tina Phineas of News of Nigeria, and Abdullah Tukur of Radio Nigeria frowned at the increase in violence against children, stressing the media “should do more as advocate to change the story of children from negative to positive.”

Earlier, the officer in charge of the Bauchi Field Office, Drissa Yeo, described journalists as the “backbone of the success programmes of UNICEF.” He said efforts to reduce the challenges confronting children would be a mirage without the media.He appealed to journalists under the Field Office and other parts of the country not to be discouraged or intimidated as they advocate the rights of children.

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