Media, CSOs, SEMCs tasks to promote social accountability in Northeast education sector

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By Our correspondent in Taraba

lack of social accountability in the education sector of the Northeast geo-political zone of Nigeria which has no doubt continue to make the sector a nightmare, has become a source of concern to members of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).

To address the ills, the Centre who yesterday engaged media practitioners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as well as School Based Management Committee (SBMC) in the zone on a two day workshop tasked the members on the need to collaborate in order to arrest the situation .

The workshop which took place at Flourish hotel in Gombe state, as observed by Naija247News, heralded the presence of members of the aforementioned organizations from the six states that made up the region.

Captioned ‘ Capacity Building on Effects Collaboration Between Media, CSOs and SBMC, the Senior Programme Officer of the Centre, Isah Garba, opined that collaboration among the three organizations would not only go a long way to promote social accountability in the education sector of the zone, but would as well enhance quality service delivery in the education sector.

Stressing that the synergies between state and ” non-actors in education is key to achieving social responsibility ” CITAD tasked members of the various clusters to imbibe the culture of networking for effective collaboration ” in Ryder to achieve the set target.”

Observing that the media play vital roles through its various foundations in improving accountability in the said sector, he admonished both the the CSOs and the media to effectively utilize the SEMC as that according to him would enhance their dreams of reducing to the barest minimum the aforementioned regularities in the sector.

The Centre whom it view believed that journalists should create innovative ways in producing reports and programmes that will promote social accountability, also tasked the media on the need to collaborate with the SBMCs and CSOs in order to get credible and reliable information that will improve quality education in the region.

According to the Centre, the Media and CSOs should create a platform for easy sharing of information and further collaboration, adding that ” citizens especially at the grassroots should on their parts be more sensitized on the need to adopt the use of tools like Citizen Report Card, Community Score Card, pledge card, and Project Monitors to ensure robust accountability in education.

The Centre also beckoned at journalists and CSO actors to be conscious of what they post on their various social media platforms to avoid being perceived as biased or taking taking sides.

Not comfortable with the plights of education in the region, participants on their parts reiterated their determinations to leave no stone untouched in tracking budgetary allocations allocated to the various states of the zone.

The workshop which was organized by the North-East Society Accountability Cluster with CITAD as anchor was said to have been supported by USAID through Strengthen Advocacy Civil Engagement (SACE)
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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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