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Stakeholders are happy over utpc activities

Annual Review Meeting between UTPC and Swedish Embassy held earlier this month in Sumbawanga town.

UTPC stakeholders have expressed their satisfaction over the services being provided by Rukwa Press Club (RKPC).

That statement was achoed by a number of stakeholders, in the Annual Review Meeting, between UTPC and Swedish Embassy, held earlier this month in Sumbawanga town.

Nswima Ernest, a veteran journalist and member of RKPC said, “The training that we have been exposed to, have improved our ability in writing objective stories/features”.

On her part, Crisensia Daimon, a female journalist noted that in all UTPC activities, gender was given a top priority, adding,…”through gender sensitive strategy women journalists in the region have benefitted significantly.

Dr John Komba from an NGO known as RODI emphasized that their programme on maternal health and gender, has been highly successful through the support of Rukwa Press Club.

He said, “the journalists who are members of RKPC, have created an effective public awareness, about our project, which has made it so successful”.

In summing it up all, Nkasi District Commissioner, Iddi Kimonta endorsed RKPC’s contributions to regional.

He said, “Rukwa region is now very famous compared to the situation three years ago”.

On her part, Joyce Tesha, a Swedish Embassy’s Programme Officer, noted that they were happy with the UTPC performance, but suggested a number of measures to be taken by UTPC Board of Directors, with the aim of improving their perfomance.

She said UTPC should devise a fundraising strategy that will open up a funding base, instead of depending on one donor.

She also advised that UTPC should focus on national policy issues that are in a way affect media development, in the country.

In the Annual Review Meeting, which was attended by the UTPC President, Kenneth Simbaya and the Chair of the Board Committee on Ethics and Training Deo Nsokolo, UTPC presented a number of reports.

The presented reports are: The Annual Implementation Report, the Directors Report and its Management letter, for the year 2014.

In closing the meeting, UTPC President, Kenneth Simbaya, thank SIDA, for funding UTPC Strategic Plan, and promised to work even harder to achieve its goals.

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