Nigerian Government Urges Media to Work with Nigerian Children on ICDB

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FEDERAL government has appealed to the media to work with Nigerian children to celebrate the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, March 5.

As the world celebrates with the rest of the world this year’s year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on Sunday, March 5, the government said it would expect broadcasting organisations in Nigeria to give control of their operations to children, who would take part in newscasts, production and presentations.

According to the government, this would be in line with Articles of 12 and 14 of the United Nations, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child say that children have the right to form their own views and to express their views freely through the media on matters affecting them. This is what the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting tries to realise.

The theme for this year is “Early Childhood Development, key to every Child’s full development and future prosperity.” The theme highlights the principles of the Convention on the rights of the child that all children irrespective of their status and situation should enjoy their right development as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, CRC, and the Child Rights Act 2003.

Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, therefore, called on the Nigerian media to work with children on this day for national development. “In this era of change, children’s voices can bring in a refreshing perspective to the issues of national development. Let us give every Nigerian child irrespective of status, location or disability a chance to contribute to our national development efforts”, he said.

The ICDB is a day set aside for the world’s largest media campaign for children to promote the rights of the child, especially their right to participation. It also serves as a platform for a synergy of effort and strong alliance by two key players in the promotion of children’s rights – the media and the children themselves.

The broadcast media in Nigeria has participated in commemorating the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting since 1992.

—  Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:30 GMT

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