As the 2023 general elections draws nearer, journalists in Adamawa state have pledged to ensure the emergence of a robust, peaceful and prosperous state.
They have also vowed to mainstream safe and quality education in their reportage ahead of the 2023 general election.
The commitment was part of the resolutions during a one day training for journalists on gender transformative education in Yola put together by the Education Champion Network (ECN) sponsored by Malala Fund.
The ECN organized the event to ensure the election education advocacy project in Adamawa gains significant mileage leveraging the reach of the mass media.
During their group presentations, the journalists vowed to champion the cause of education by engaging the political actors on the need to put education on the front burner ahead of the 2023 general election in the state.
Some of the commitments made by the journalists include engaging the political actors via interview sessions, talk shows and programs where issues affecting education will be laid bare so that lasting solutions could be proffered.
In her remark, a resource person, Chisom Ihekwaba said the ECN is a network of NGOs working to champion good governance, human rights and democracy.
She noted that education is a fundamental right of every citizen as encompassed in the SDG goal 4 and other statutes which Nigeria subscribed to.
Ihekwaba said ECN is working round the clock to ensure that basic education is extended from nine to twelve years so that more children could have access to basic education considering the staggering number of out of school children in the state.
She noted that the need for safe and quality education in Nigeria has become imperative in the wake of attacks on schools and increasing number of out of school children saying that from 2014 to now no fewer than 28 schools came under attack.
Another resource person, Barrister Jamila Sulaiman said the place of education in transforming the human capital could not be overemphasized.
She urged journalists to strive harder to ensure the preponderance of robust educational policies by the political actors that will turn around the fortunes of education for the good of all.