Written by Godfrey AKON

ICDB: FG urges media to provide access to children

As Nigeria joins other nations to celebrate the 2019 International Children's Day of Broadcasting, ICDB, on March 3, the Federal Government has charged the Media to provide access to children to air their views on issues bothering them.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Head of Advocacy, Child Rights Information Bureau, CRIB, Mr. Olumide Osanyipeju.

Lai further urged the Media to help children commemorate 2019 ICDB by making their platforms available for them irrespective of their status, location or ability to promote their rights and contribute to national development.

The statement noted that the theme for this year's celebration is End Malnutrition: Protect the Future of the Nigerian Child.

It explained that 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 Survival and Development as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, CRC, and the Child Rights Act, CRA, 2003.

“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.

“Articles 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 Day of Broadcasting tries to realize.

“The ICDB is a day set aside for a media campaign by children to promote their rights, especially their right to participation.

“The Broadcast Media in Nigeria has participated in commemorating the International Children's Day of Broadcasting since 1992. We therefore enjoin Broadcasters to open airwaves to the children for this year's celebration,” the statement read.

 

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