A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Save the Children International (SCI) on Tuesday urged media organisations to increase reportage of social protection programmes in Kaduna State. SCI Field Manager in the state, Mr Tanko Langaya, made the call in Zaria at the opening of a two-day Media Round Table to improve visibility of social protection interventions.
Langaya said the meeting was organised in partnership with Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) and the Office of the Focal Person, Social Investment Programme, Kaduna State.
He explained that the meeting was organised under the DFID-Funded Child Development Grant Programme II, to enlist the support of media partners to increase visibility of social protection.
The field manager, represented by Mr Farouk Abdulkadir, SCI Advocacy and Communication Coordinator, said that the media was key to the success of social protection investment in the state.
He observed that there was currently low level of media engagement and reportage of social protection issues in the state, stressing the need to strengthen partnership with the media.
According to him, the media have a critical role to play in ensuring transparency and accountability in the formulation and implementation of social protection interventions in the state.
According to Ms Jessica Bartholomew, Chairperson, KADSPAC, said that the media engagement was crucial in ensuring that social protection programmes and interventions reached the targeted groups.
Bartholomew said that KADSPAC, a coalition of civil society organisations and media was working in partnership with the state government to ensure transparency and accountability in the delivery of social protection programmes.