FG Promises Successful Hosting of UNESCO Global Conference in October
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
assured of the successful hosting of UNESCO’s 2022 Global Media and
Information Literacy (MIL) Week, scheduled for Abuja 24-31 October.
The Minister gave the assurance in his speech at the opening session
of the Media and Information Literacy Series of the 3rd World Higher
Education Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.
”I pledge the commitment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria toward
hosting a successful conference, and I solicit the
support of UNESCO and partners, as well as governments and the
organized private sector, in order to ensure a successful hosting.
”I also wish to pledge the commitment of the Federal Government to
providing a smooth and safe environment for all delegates and
officials, who will be coming to our beautiful country and its
glistening capital city in October 2022 for the event,” said the
Minister, who participated virtually at the opening session.
He commended UNESCO for the good job it is doing in advancing and
promoting the knowledge of Media and
Information Literacy (MIL) in the world, saying: ”Evidently, the use
of MIL in strengthening democracy and good governance, as well as
creating a more stable and informed society, cannot be
Alhaji Mohammed described the conference, which seeks to draw the
attention of stakeholders to the relevance of establishing the
International Media and Information Literacy Institute, as a
significant milestone in the efforts of UNESCO and its partners, the
members of the UNESCO-UNAOC Media and Information Literacy and
Intercultural Dialogue University Network, to entrench MIL as a field
”Please permit me to state that Nigeria identifies with UNESCO’s
efforts in this regard and has in fact laid the foundation for the
progress being recorded here today. You would all recall that Nigeria
had in 2013 successfully hosted the first Global Forum for Partnership
on MIL in Abuja. The event, tagged Abuja 2013, gave rise to the
creation of UNESCO MIL Alliance and other initiatives on the
importance of MIL for all and by all,” he said.
The Minister used the occasion of the conference to announce that
Nigeria is exploring the possibility of establishing a UNESCO
International Media and Information Literacy Institute, in view of the
importance that Nigeria places on
Media and Information Literacy.
”To actualize this, of course we will collaborate with UNESCO. As
Nigeria explores this initiative, we invite other countries around the
world to partner with us to realize a UNESCO International Media and
Information Literacy Institute,” he added.
Special Assistant to the President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
20 May 2022