The two days Media training on Open Government Partnership have ended with a call on Media Agencies to promote more programmes on social corporate responsibilities across the country.
At the closing ceremony in lokoja Kogi State, a facilitator from Freedom Radio Kaduna, Mr Joshua James advised media professionals to always identify and promote issues of interest in the society for desired solution.
” The Media as the watchdog of the society must ensure that government fulfils its responsibilities to citizens by continuously engaging government in dialogue”
“This is the essence of the OGP principles. In doing this the media agencies must be well informed about government policies and programs, to enable citizens make accurate decisions”
In their group works, the journalists pledged their readiness to begin to change their story narratives, using informative and educative techniques, for sustainable development of the country.
Some of the participants expressed satisfaction and commended the organizers for putting up the OGP training.
Mr Akintunde Babatunde of Premium Times said, I have understood that OGP principle is a policy that everybody can leverage on to bring speedy development to Nigeria, also we can access government policies and be able to monitor its success ”
Jenifer Ugwa of International center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR said,” I am really happy to participate in this training, OGP is what we have been doing unknowingly, but I now understand its operational principles better”
Angela Atabo of News Agency of Nigeria also said,”With the knowledge I have acquired, when I go back to work I will change my story narratives about government policies and programs as a journalist to ensure that citizens understand these policies and programs and hold government accountable”
“OGP is indeed about Corporate Social Responsibilities, all citizens must support government programs for speedy success”
The training was organized by Center For Leadership and Strategic Development with support from Pearl and MacArthur Foundation.
BY: Julian Osamoto/Abuja