By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
A Non-Governmental Organization, the Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has said that no developmental project can be effectively achieve its desired goals without the involvement of the media.
Hence, it has come up with a Media Conference tagged ‘MediaAfrica’, a platform for national discourse to bring to the fore development issues affecting Nigeria and Africa at large and the place of the media in addressing such.
This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Co-ordinator of the Foundation, Mrs. Sekyen Dadik and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.
According to her, with the increasing focus of the global community on issues of maternal and child health amongst other sustainable development goals, the media as well as other development stakeholders must rise to the challenge and effectively contribute in curbing the increasing menace of maternal, neonatal and child mortality especially in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
She noted that MediaAfrica 2017 with the theme “MNCH in Nigeria: Progress, Opportunities, and challenges: The role of the Media in Curbing Maternal Death” is meant to draw the attention of media practitioners to deeply understand their role in reducing maternal death rate, especially in northern Nigeria, as well as help partners and government on media engagement strategies for effective result.
Mrs. Sekyen Dadik explained that as an organization that promotes development and investigative journalism, the participants are drawn from Media, Government, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Civil Society Organizations among others.