By Akpeji Charles
Ahead of the forthcoming International Children’s Day of Broadcasting slated for the 5th of next month, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has stress the need for Media organizations in the country to work with Children.
Nigeria, according to the statement which was signed by the Deputy Director/Head Advocacy, Mrs. Ibiba H. Bello, will “join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting” adding that “In Nigeria, as in
other countries, most stations will give control of their operations to children, who will take part in newscasts, productions and presentations.”
Citing Articles 12 and 14 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the children, as made known by her have the right to form their own views and to express their views freely through the media on matters affecting them” drumming that “This is what the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting tries to realise.”
The theme for this year which she said is “Early Childhood Development, key to every child’s full development and future prosperity” will 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.
In the said press statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as observed by Naija247News, beckoned at the Nigerian media
to work with children on this day for national development.
According to the Minister “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.”
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting ( ICDB ) as noticed by Naija247 News, 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 right which the Minister identified as “the media and the children themselves.”
Naija247News leant that the broadcast media in Nigeria has participated In commemorating the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting since 1992.