The Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba has said that the State Government will continue to support the development of the media and women in the State.
Declaring open a one day Gender Sensitive Reporting workshop and Zonal meeting open for female Journalists in Kano on May 2, Mohammed Garba disclosed that out of 500 youths to receive empowerment by the Government, 250 will be women.
Listing the Women related projects that the State Government has embarked on, Commissioner Garbasaid the State Government had also trained 1009 women as traditional birth attendants; Trained 30 women in Turkey on artificial insemination for cattle breeding;Sponsoredthe training of 50 women as auto mobile repairersin Peugeot Automobiles, Kaduna. He added that the State Government provided them with accommodation, transport and security to protect the women during the training.
Mohamed Garba also said that the State Government intends to automatically employ any woman with A National Certificate of Education (NCE),
Describing Governor AbdullahiGanduje of Kano as a gender and media friendly Governor, he said they have plans to support NUJ in hosting its forthcoming delegate conferencenext year, and, added that State also supported the Radio, Theater, Art Workers (RATTAW) delegate conference held early this year.
He unveiled the State Governments plans to support the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) income generating activities and encouraged while the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) to buildoffices within the NUJ Center.
Mohammed Garba, former president of the NUJ, West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA) and Federation of Africa Journalists (FAJ) disclosed that the state owned newspaper, The Triumph, will be reopened after its 4 year closure inorder to further inculcate the culture of reading in the State.
Hedisclosed thatapproval of the sum of 500,000 million naira for the renovation of The Triumph building and 80 million naira as take- off grant for 1 year. Describing the relationship between the government and journalists as cordial, he commended NAWOJ’s decision to He to host its workshop and its Zonal meeting in Kano.
Ifeyinwa Omowole, the president of NAWOJ,said the workshop was sponsored by the Norwegian Union of Journalists as part of a training project that started in 2014, the“Women ReportingWomen Project”, which targeted women journalists in West Africa.
She disclosed that over 200 women journalists have been trained on gender sensitive reporting in 10 states of Nigeria, adding that the main objective of the training was to increase the knowledge of women journalists on gender issues. She called on journalists to always bring out the gender issues to enable the Government better focus on development and security issues.
35 Women Journalists from 7 States attended the 2 days training and zonal meeting.