A non-governmental organisation, Women Friendly Initiative (WFI) over the weekend organised a one-day media parley for journalists in Kuje area council of the FCT, Abuja.
The event which was attended by journalists from the print, electronic and social media entities was targeted at partnership to curb gender-based violence (GBV), drug abuse among adolescent and youth across the country.
Speaking to the newsmen during the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of WFI, Dr Francis Eremutha, represented by the Programme Manager, Dr Veronica Chizoba Gabriel, said the initiative was part of gender based violence prevention and response programme of the organization, funded by the European Union (EU)- Agents for Citizens-driven Transformation (ACT).
Dr Eremutha called on working journalists to use the media as tool in holding decision makers accountable for poor implementation of policies that promote the health and well-being of young people in Nigeria by dedicating editorials, special features/opinion articles, commentaries, spotlights and special interviews to programmes in support of the initiative.
Project Manager for WFI, Mrs. Rosemary Adejoh-Adaji, called on the media to galvanise policymakers and stakeholders to support and tackle GBV and drug scourge in the country head-on.
According to her, over 160 stakeholders, comprising school counsellors, school clinic operators, health club coordinators, student leaders, health workers, and civil society organisations had earlier received GBV and drug abuse prevention and response training.
She said WFI is targeting over 20, 000 students through sensitisation campaigns in the FCT schools in order to raise awareness about the menace towards achieving a GBV and drug-free society.
On her part, the GBV, Adolescent and Youth Desk Officer for Kuje area council, Mrs. Eunice Madaki, applauded WFI for the great initiative and charged the organisation to also involve parents in the campaigns in order to achieve an all-inclusive sensitisation, stressing that finance has been one of the challenges.