By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Coalition of Eastern Non Governmental Organisations NGOs (CENGOS) in Nigeria has lauded journalists for their role in bringing issues about sexual and gender based violence to the public domain.
The group noted that journalists’ involvement on the fight to mitigate the crime would force government to live up to the expectation of the people.
It would also assist in the implementations of its laws and policies in line with the principles of international conventions as they affect human rights.
Coordinator of CENGOS in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Israel Ekanem gave the commendation during the inauguration of a group of journalists on the platform of Journalists Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (JAPSGeBAV) in Uyo, the state capital.
Ekanem who was represented by Mrs. Mary Sarki, deputy coordinator of CENGOS in the state said the formation of the group would deepen the coverage of issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the state.
Describing the inauguration of the group as a welcome development particularly coming at a time, issues of sexual and gender-based violence such as rape and wife battery were assuming a new dimension, he said violations and abuses meted to people on the basis of gender should never be allowed in the society.
According to him, it is everybody’s responsibility to join in the campaign against abuses against people on the basis of gender adding “it is time to join the campaign against Gender-Based Violence in order to protect the younger generation from becoming victims.”
Inaugurating the group, a legal practitioner, Ita Edem thanked CENGOS for its tireless campaign against GBV and commended the journalists for coming together to raise awareness on the issues of sexual and gender based violence in the state.
In his response, the coordinator of the journalists group, Aniefiok Udonquak thanked CENGOS for the training it organised for journalists in Akwa Ibom State which he said provided the platform for the formation of the association.
He pledged on behalf of the group to deploy their reportorial skills in highlighting issues of Sexual and GBV in the media as part of their contributions to make the society a better place.
Other members of the group include Patrick Titus of New Nigerian Newspaper, Mariam Daniels of Atlantic FM station, Uyo, Mary Ekere of the Post Newspaper and Lovina Emole of The Ambassadors.
Others include Ita Edem of The Pioneer and Deborah Ekanem of Ibom Chronicle.