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FG, UNICEF urge broadcasters to allow children participate in broadcast programmes

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The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) have urged broadcasters to allow children to participate in the 2023 edition of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).

They made the call in a joint statement on Wednesday in Abuja ahead of the ICDB celebration on Sunday.

According to the statement signed by Mr Geoffrey Njoku of UNICEF and Ms Mercy Megwa of Ministry of Information and Culture, the 2023 celebration is themed ”More Money for Primary Education”.

They urged the children to use the day to produce documentaries that highlight the plight of children in Nigeria.

“In Nigeria, primary education is officially free and compulsory but 18 million of the country’s children aged between five and 14 years are not in school.

“Only 61 per cent of six to 11 year olds regularly attend primary school.

“Adequate funding of primary education will create an enabling environment for increased demand for qualitative education which is the bedrock of enhanced knowledge, improved behaviour and personal growth of the children,” the statement said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ICDB was launched by UNICEF in 1991 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness on children’s issues.

 

Celebrated every first sunday in March, it is a day broadcasters allow children to be part of the programming process, to talk about their hopes, dreams and exchange ideas with their peers on issues affecting them.

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Breaking…Naira abuse: Court sentences Bobrisky to 6 months in custody

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Justice Abimbola Awogboro of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months in custody over Naira abuse.

 

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Lagos Court Grants Emefiele N50m Bail

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The embattled former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been granted bail in the sum of N50m after being charged with a 26-count bordering on alleged abuse of office and irregular allocation of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion respectively.

 

Emefiele was admitted to bail with two sureties in like sum by Justice Rahmon Oshodi on Friday.

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