Ugonma Cokey, Lagos
As the world celebrates International Day of Families, Journalists for Christ (JFC) International Outreach, the Association of Christian Journalists in Nigeria has urged families to bond with each other without the distractions of electronic gadgets.
Based on the theme for this year, Families and New Technologies, JFC also charged the media to deploy the use of technology in their reportage to ensure social development and wellbeing of all.
JFC President, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, in a statement says this year’s theme is a clarion call for parents to pay more attention to training and nurturing their children as stated in Proverb 22:6.
No doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has reiterated how technology can shape the world positively and journalists can leverage on this to provide adequate coverage to issues bedevilling Families across Nigeria and the world at large.
“We believe that this year’s theme is a reminder for parents to deploy the use of technology in every way possible to monitor and protect their families in the face of kidnap,rape, robbery, abuse, and other vices that are increasing by the day.
“Most importantly, this is the time to remind professionals to put the spotlight on issues affecting families, with the aim of driving social change and development,” according to the JFC President.
The organisation noted that its publication titled – ‘Muffled Voices,’ highlighted some of the challenges that people in Internally Displaced Camps encounter and the low reportage of these issues by the media.
JFC noted that those in IDPs also belong to specific families and the media should not neglect them in their reportage.
The International Day of Families is a United Nations mandate which is observed on every 15th of May after a 1993 General Assembly resolution A/RES/47/237.
The aim of the day is to reflect the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge.
Edited by Eniola Ajayi
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