U-report is a new free SMS-based communications technology developed by UNICEF Nigeria used in engaging Nigerians towards establishing and enforcing accountability in governance, health, education, the environment and other areas of community endeavour through social mobilization.
With this new initiative, eye witnesses can report cases of anomalies directly to UNICEF via text messages and the issue(s) will be treated accordingly.
This new UNICEF SMS-based initiative was established to give Nigerians an opportunity to hold government officials responsible in the area of actualizing the millennium development goals and other areas of community endeavor through social mobilization.
Caroline Barabwoha, a UNICEF consultant to Nigeria, explained that the initiative is highly promising in Nigeria due to the large population of the country.
Barabwoha, who was part of the same program in Uganda for about three years, also said that the motive behind this program was for community engagement and participation in issues that affect them for development to take place.
Over 63,000 members have been registered in Nigeria within five months on U-Report, a free Short Message Service social platform that has been designed to address community challenges promotion of citizens’ engagement and change, capturing 75 per cent of 165,716,078 mobile phone users in the country.
The agency’s Communication Specialist, Media and External Relations, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, quoted the National Coordinator of U-Reports, Anthonia Archie-Alogaga, as giving the figure in Sokoto State, during a two-day media dialogue with journalists on the use of U-Reports data
“U-Report allows citizens to speak-out on what is happening in their communities, provides a forum to amplify their voices through local and national media, sends alerts to key stakeholders about the issues their constituents are facing, and feeds back useful information to the U-Reporters, so they are empowered to work for positive change and improvements in their localities themselves.”
To be part of the Ureport Nigeria Initiative just text ”Join” to 24453, all SMS are free.