Lai Wants Broadcast Stations To Stake In Children’s Day For Development

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has called on the Nigerian media to work with children on International Children’s Day of Broadcasting slated for March 5, 2017 for national development.
Mohammed noted that most broadcasting stations in other countries will give control of their operations to children, who will take part in newscasts, productions and presentations, hence the need for Nigerian media to actively partake in the day.
A statement from the Federal Ministry of Information signed by Deputy Director /Head Advocacy (CRIB) Mrs. Ibiba. H. Bello quoted Articles 12 and 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which said that children have the right to form their own views and to express their views freely through the media on matters affecting them
The theme for this year celebration is “Early Childhood Development, key to every child’s full development and future prosperity”, highlights the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, that every Nigerian child irrespective of status, location or disability a chance to contribute to national development efforts
“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 statement said.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed explained that in this era of change, children’s voices can bring in a refreshing perspective to the issues of national development.
He said 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.

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