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NGO, NUJ task media to advocate women’s involvement in peace, security

From: Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi

The media in the country has been charged to advocate women’s involvement in peace building and security promotion.

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), International Alert in collaboration with the Bauchi state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) gave the charge during a workshop for 30 journalists organized by the state implementation committee on women’s peace and security with support from International Alert held at the state NUJ secretariat.

In his address, the state commissioner for information, Alhaji Garba Dahiru, said the decision to involve journalists in the implementation process was quite commendable.

The Commissioner, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Ibrahim Abarshi Maidawa, reiterated his ministry’s readiness and support towards achieving the desired goals set out in the policy document.

In her presentation, the State Manager, International Alert, Jennifer Dashe said that the aim of the training for media practitioners was to enlighten them on the subject matter so that they can educate the stakeholders and general public.

According to her, the training would focus on the overview of the Bauchi 2021-2024 draft state Action Plan on women, peace and security.

She said that there is low participation of women in decision making concerning peace and security, adding that it was unfortunate that among all the 31 lawmakers in the state house of assembly at present, none is a woman.

“Female nominees as commissioners in the state is 5 percent, only 6.4 percent of senior police officers in Bauchi state command are females with 4.2 percent of officer cadre in NSCDC while there are only 4.2 percent female permanent secretaries and 28 percent female high court judges and magistrates.

“The implementation of the project in Bauchi state has been successful so far because this is the last lap of the project,” she pointed out.

Speaking also, the state NUJ chairman Umar Sa’id reiterated the commitment of the union to equip members with all the required knowledge to serve humanity.

According to him, the training would encourage his members to not only promote the activities of women but will equip them to publicize the need for women to be part of the process of peace resolution and decision making in the state.

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