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UNICEF Challenges Online Publishers To Create Space For Children On Their Platforms

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has challenged Online Publishers to create space in their platforms for issues concerning children.

Rising from a two-day dialogue with members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) in Enugu today, UNICEF emphasised that issues affecting children across Nigeria and the world are so crucial that they could not be kept in the dark for long.

Describing children as the vulnerable part of the society, the UNICEF’s Communication Specialist, Geoffrey Njoku who coordinated the dialogue, regretted that voices of children have been shut out from media because they are seen as not important.

He said that the shutting out of the voices of the children has been one of the discrimination which the UN General Assembly’s Convention on the Right of the Child is out to correct.

Njoku was however happy that with the dialogue, things would change in favour of the children, even as the Online Publishers requested the UNICEF to participate by supplying relevant news materials on children for them.

The dialogue was addressed by among other academics, the Head of Department of Mass Communications of the University of Lagos, Associate Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika. She made it clear that the future development of any society is determined and shaped by the kind of children such society breed.

GOCOP was led to the dialogue by its President, Mr. Malachy Agbo who publishes The Citizen.


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