Lagos - The United Nations Children’s Fund and partners have launched a short message service-based platform to empower Nigerians by enabling them to engage in policy-making and governance issues.
Tagged U-Report, the service enables locals access real time information on key social issues.
Voluntary users are provided a forum to amplify their voices through local and national media, send alerts to key stakeholders about the issues their constituents are facing.
According to UNICEF, the platform provides decision makers a forum to listen to millions of voices through simple messaging.
A total of 1 million users are targeted for 2015.
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Today more than ever before community journalism through communication technology can help engender good governance, accountability, social change and improve health standards, said Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
“'U-Report platform provides a thrilling opportunity to contribute to positive social change in the Nigeria,” she noted.
UNICEF Nigeria is working closely with its partners including the National Youth Service Corps, National Orientation Agency, Scouts Association of Nigeria, Boys Brigade and Girl Guides, religious and traditional leaders, the media and Telecommunication service providers to scale up registration and increase impact.
UNICEF strongly believes that through U-report communities can constructively contribute to the betterment of their standard of living and significantly contribute to transparency and accountability in the management of public funds, which is seen as key to development.
- CAJ News