Nigeria set to host UNESCO media literacy event – Voice of Nigeria
The Nigerian government is set to host the UNESCO Media Literacy Week 2022 with around 193 UNESCO members expected.
Nigerian authorities have said that the Global Media and Information Literacy Week (GMIL) 2022, which Nigeria is to hold in Abuja from October 24-31, will give a boost to the government’s ongoing campaign. against fake news, disinformation and hate speech.
The country’s Minister of Information and Culture said as much on Friday in Abuja when he inaugurated the 25-member Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the event. “Organizing GMIL 2022 will go a long way in combating the growing trend of fake news, misinformation and hate speech, strengthening the campaign we launched in 2018 against these practices,” he said.
LR: Regional Adviser for Education UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja, Mr. Albert Mendy; PS @FMICNigeria, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyawutaku and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, during the unveiling of the logo of the UNESCO Week for Information and Media Literacy 2022 pic.twitter.com/KbZWddhWyX
— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) August 5, 2022
Alhaji Mohammed said the decision to give Nigeria the right to host is a testament to the country being a known strong advocate of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
“In 2013, Nigeria successfully hosted the first Global Forum for Partnership on MIL, labeled Abuja 2013. This Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other initiatives, in as part of our collective desire to achieve media and information literacy for all and by all Nigeria’s contributions to the birth and growth of MIL, particularly in the western sub-region -African, played an important role in UNESCO’s decision to offer our country the right to host this event. he said.
The minister instructed LOC members, drawn from the public and private sectors, academia, media and civil society, among others, to use their rich experience to organize a successful event, saying nothing less is expected of such a Committee.
“Since accepting to host the 11th edition of World Media and Information Literacy Week, we have worked with the UNESCO Secretariat, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja and d other stakeholders to welcome the world to a dignified and memorable event.
“A critical aspect of this preparation is the choice of theme and the development of the concept note. Let me inform you that both have been successfully concluded.
“Accordingly, this year’s Global Media and Information Literacy theme, which has been duly endorsed by UNESCO, is: ‘Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative. ‘information “. The theme highlights how media and information literacy (MIL) helps nurture trust and counter mistrust,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed, who took the opportunity to unveil the MIL Week logo, said GMIL 2022 will see participants from over 193 UNESCO member countries participate physically and virtually.
He said the LOC will be assisted by nine sub-committees: venue and accommodation; Finance; Sponsorship and Marketing; Media and advertising; protocol and security; Transport and logistics; Entertainment and ceremony; Technical and Mobilization as well as Secretariat.
The Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for graciously endorsing the hosting of the event and agreeing to declare the high-level session open, while congratulating the Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO, Dr. Hajio Sani; the Assistant Director General, Communication and Information, UNESCO Headquarters, Dr. Tawfik Jelassi, and the Ministry team for their efforts to ensure the success of the GMIL.
The LOC will be chaired by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Adaora Ifeoma Anyawutaku, will be the vice-chairman.
Members include representatives of communication and digital economy ministers; education as well as foreign affairs; Ambassador/Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr Hajo Sani; Acting Regional Director, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja; The Special Assistants to the President, Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Segun Adeyemi and Mr. Williams Adeleye; Director in charge of Public Communication and National Orientation at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), Mr. Sunday Baba; Director, Finance and Accounting, FMIC, Dr. Kayode Musbau and Managing Director, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo.
The others are the Chief Executives of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and the National Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Mansur Liman and Mr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah respectively; Acting CEO of NTA, Mr. Salihu
Dembos; National Librarian/CEO, National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Chinwe Victoria Anunobi; Secretary General, NATCOM UNESCO, Mr. Idowu
Olagunju; Representatives of the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Association of Nigeria Advertising Agencies and Licensees Association
Nigeria Telecom Operators; Executive Director, African Center for Media and Information (AFRICMIL), representing civil society, Dr Chidoh Onumah; Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Dr Suraj Olunifesi; Secretary, Media and Information Literacy Coalition of Nigeria, Youth Representative, Mr. David Osaghe and Deputy Director (Bilateral/UNESCO), FMIC, Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke,