Umar Akilu Majeri
Journalists working in different media houses were trained on budget tracking in Jigawa state by the International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH).
The ISMPH Program Officer, Mrs. Bunmi Awada while speaking during a one-day training held at Dutse Royal Hotel in Dutse, Jigawa state, said the workshop with a theme: Training for media on budget tracking and utilization is to equip the media practitioners working in the state with the required services needed for them to contribute in effective budget tracking.
Mrs. Bunmi further stated that part of the training objective is to briefed media on the vigorous role they can play in the area of budget tracking in order to draw the attention of the governments and stakeholders where necessary on implementation of what was budgeted for the current war against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) which is one of the major causes of death among young children in Jigawa State.
Said she: -“We gathered here to reintroduce efforts and strategies with you (working journalists in the state) on the proper ways to track what is budgeted for fighting malnutrition as well as ensuring that it’s properly utilized”.
Our reports who happen to be part of the workshop find d out that, the training contained three different presentations conducted by a consultant to the ISMPH Mr. Kenneth Okoinemg on the background study of the economic, society and policymaking.
All presentations carried out during the training by the ISMPH Consultant Mr. Kenneth gives emphasis on capacity building of the journalists on the best ways of budget tracking and reporting with the aim of ensuring transparency and accountability.