Stallion Times Media Services, on Saturday, trained 30 journalists in Kogi state on Human Rights and Social Inclusive Reportage.
Speaking at the workshop in Lokoja, the Chief Executive Officer of Stallion Times, Isiyaku Ahmed, said the training was designed to help journalists appreciate conditions for gender equity and social inclusion in society.
Isiyaku added that the training was also to advocate for human rights and social inclusion through news coverage.
He stressed the need for journalists to take deliberately effort towards promoting social inclusion, effective reportage on gender-based violence and community deprivation using their various news media.
He expressed optimism that participants would be equipped with the necessary knowledge, techniques and strategies of stimulating neglected human rights and social inclusion stories over the years.
Media Consultant, Dr Theophilus Abbah, who presented two papers on: “Gender Equity in Nigeria Issues, Challenges and Prospects”, and “Gender Based Violence Reporting“, urged journalists to give priority to “unreported issues”.
Dr Abbah tasked journalists to do stories that are abandoned.
He urged the media to consciously promote issues on gender equity and social inclusion that would enhance women’s participation in governance and political representation.
The expert advocated the use of stories, features, opinions and interviews to promote human rights and gender equity in governance and politics as priority.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi state, Ismail Isah while declaring the workshop open, commended Stallion Times Media for extending its services for the benefit of Kogi journalists and described the gesture as a rare opportunity.
The Special Adviser gave an assurance that the training will no doubt enhance the capacity building of the participants to deliver on the reportage of human rights and social inclusion in the state.
He promised that Kogi state government under the leadership of Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo will run an all inclusive governance.