Kaduna commissioner tasks NAWOJ on gender sensitive reporting

The Commissioner, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development in Kaduna state, Hajiya Rabi Salisu, has tasked women journalists on the need for improved reporting of gender sentive issues, noting that it is only women who can tell their own stories better.

Hajia Salisu handed the charge when the executive and members of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) from the Zone A (North West), and Zone D (North Central), paid her a courtesy visit in her office, recently.

The commissioner, who is the President, Northern Women Affairs Commissioner’s Forum, explained that the ministry, formerly known as the ministry of women affairs which is now a department under the ministry, was different from other ministries.
Hajia Salisu stated that the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Uba Sani, on assumption to office decided to create the ministry of human service and social development with departments including: women affairs, social affairs, community development, creative art and cultural dept, youth and children, and appointed a women to oversee the ministry.

“It is a good one for women to be heading this ministry because anything that has to do with human beings you can’t separate women and children from it. We are always open. We have a lot of work to do because of the peculiarities of the ministry.”

Speaking further she disclosed that Kaduna state, which was among the first states to pass the child welfare law, has a lot of policies and laws relating to protection of the rights of women and children and other vulnerable members of the society.

“We have the Women shelter, which is a transit shelter with over 100 rooms for people in distress and people who have faced gender-based violence. We train adolescents who have been through distressing situations. We touch human lives.”

Hajia Salisu, who is also National Treasurer, Nigeria Commissioner’s of Arts & Culture Forum, said women professionals were free to leverage on the available opportunities in the states.
While state thaglt only media can sensitise people on the activities of the Uba Sani-led administration.and the ministry, she noted women have passion to see their fellow women succeed.

“Passion is our slogan. We want to see other women to be great. When we come together, we relate irrespective of background because we are always thinking of the number of people we can uplift,” she further stated.

On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development, Mrs Dorcas Nti, urged women journalists to create more awareness on Sexual and Gender Based Violnce (SGBV) and other issues that negatively affect women.

She maintained that there was need for the women to keep their eyes open and look out for the tell tale signs, be proactive in reporting and ensure victims are given justice, just as perpetrators are given adequate punishment.

Earlier, NAWOJ National Secretary, Wasilah Ladan, appreciated the commissioner, especially for facilitating a two-day capacity building training for executive and members of the Association on improved coverage and reportage in fragile contexts by CLEEN Foundation.

She noted that the NAWOJ has been following the activities and programmes of the Ministry under her leadership and urged her to keep up the good work.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a thank you card to commissioner by the leadership of the Association.