ICDB: Information Ministry Advocates Protection And Education Of Children

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has  called on the Nigerian Media to work with children as  the world celebrates International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), 

The minister who  made the call in  a statement made available to newsmen by the Director/Head Advocacy (CRIB) Mrs biba. H. Bello  urgedthe Media to provide platforms for Children to
air their views on issues concerning them.

“On Sunday, 4th March, Broadcasting Organizations throughout Nigeria will celebrate this
year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. In igeria, most stations will give
control of their operations to children, who will take part in newscasts, productions and

“Articles of 12 and 14 of the 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

“The theme for this year is “Girls’ Education; special protection for girls in the northeast”.

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 rights to protection and
education as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Child
Rights Act 2003.

. “In this era of change, children’s voices can bring in a refreshing perspective to the issues of national development and security. 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 a media campaign by children to promote their rights,
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 m commemorating the International
Children’s Day of Broadcasting since 1992.”it added.



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