By Hassan Zaggi
Concerned by the lack of adequate skills to interpret data for clearer understanding of policy makers, advocates and other end users, the Child Right Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in partnership with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), has organised a two-day training for journalists.
The training which was held in Enugu drew over 40 participants from both the print, electronic and online media across the country.
The training was specifically targeted at equipping journalists on data driven reporting and dissemination of Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS 5) result.
Speaking while declaring the training open, the Head, Child Right Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ibiba Bello, noted that data is at the heart of evidence generation.
Represented by an assistant director in the ministry, Olumide Osanyinpeju, Mrs Bello reiterated that data collection and dissemination are essential elements to both policy making and evaluation function.
According to her, “the need to use data figures accurately in the advocacy reports of Development Partners like UNICEF and other agencies is paramount to the government of the federation, to guide against contentious issues. It has become very urgent and important not only to the government of Nigeria, but also to key partners and stakeholders. Against this backdrop, this media dialogue is not only timely but also on point.
“Both Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) and Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) are survey initiatives designed to assist countries, Nigeria inclusive, in filling data gaps for monitoring human development in general and the situation of children and women in particular.”
Earlier, the Communication Specialist, UNICEF, Geoffrey Njoku, explained that the training was aimed at exposing the journalists to how to use data to write stories, derive stories from data and how to specifically get stories from the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS 5) report.