Nigeria Targets GMIL Confab To Address Information Mismanagement

Nigeria's Hosting Of UNESCO Confab Will Boost Campaign Against Fake News,  Misinformation, Says Lai Mohammed - Global Upfront Newspapers

Uche Cecil Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said

the 2022 Global Media and Information Literacy (GMIL) Week, which

Nigeria is due to host in Abuja from October 24th to 31st, will give a

boost to the Government’s ongoing campaign against fake news,

misinformation and hate speech.

The Minister stated this in Abuja on Friday when he inaugurated the

25-member Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the event

”Hosting the 2022 GMIL will go a long way to address the growing

trend of fake news, misinformation and hate speech, thus enhancing the

campaign we launched in 2018 against these practices,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the decision to give Nigeria the hosting right is

a testament to the fact that the country is a known strong advocate of

Media and Information Literacy (MIL).

”In 2013, Nigeria successfully hosted the First Global Forum for

Partnership on MIL, tagged Abuja 2013. This

Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other

initiatives, as part of our collective desire to achieve the Media and

Information Literacy for all and by all. Nigeria’s contributions

towards the birth and the growth of MIL, especially in the West

African Sub-Region, played a large role in UNESCO’s decision to offer

our country the right to host this event,” he said.

The Minister charged the LOC members, who are drawn from the public

and private sectors, academia, media and civil society, among others,

to use their wealth of experience to organize a successful event,

saying nothing less is expected from such a high-calibre committee.

”Since we agreed to host the 11th edition of the Global Media and

Information Literacy Week, we have been working with the UNESCO

Secretariat, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja and other stakeholders to

host the world to a befitting and memorable event. A critical aspect

of this preparation is the choice of the theme and the development of

the Concept Note. Permit me to inform you that both have successfully

been concluded.

”Accordingly, the theme of this year’s Global Media and Information

Literacy, which has been duly approved by UNESCO, is: ‘Nurturing

Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative.’ The theme

highlights how Media and Information Literacy (MIL) helps with

nurturing trust and countering mistrust,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed, who used the occasion to unveil the MIL Week Logo,

said the 2022 GMIL will witness participants from the over 193 UNESCO

member countries attending both physically and virtually.

He said the LOC will be assisted by nine sub-committees: Venue and

Accommodation; Finance; Sponsorship and Marketing; Media and

Publicity; Protocol and Security; Transport and Logistics;

Entertainment and Ceremonial; Technical and Mobilization as well as


The Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for graciously

approving the hosting of the event and also for accepting to declare

open the High-level session, while also commending Nigeria’s Permanent

Delegate to

UNESCO, Dr. Hajio Sani; the Assistant Director General, Communication

and Information, UNESCO Headquarters, Dr. Tawfik Jelassi, and the

Ministry’s team for their efforts to ensure a successful 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 serve as the Vice Chair.

Members include representatives of the Ministers of Communication and

Digital Economy; 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

Overseeing Public Communication and National Orientation in the

Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), Mr Sunday Baba;

Director, Finance and Accounts, FMIC, Dr. Kayode Musbau and

Director-General, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Dr.

Olalekan Fadolapo.

Others are Directors-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of

Nigeria and the National Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Mansur Liman and

Mr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah respectively; Acting DG of NTA, Mr. Salihu


National Librarian/CEO, National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Chinwe

Victoria Anunobi; Secretary General, NATCOM UNESCO, Mr. Idowu

Olagunju; Representatives of the Comptroller General, Nigeria Custom

Service, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Association

of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria and Association of Licensed

Telecoms Operators of Nigeria; Executive Director, African Center for

Media and Information (AFRICMIL), representing Civil Society, Dr.

Chidoh Onumah; Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication,

University of Lagos, Dr. Suraj Olunifesi; Secretary, Media and

Information Literacy Coalition of Nigeria, representing the Youth, Mr.

David Osaghe and the Assistant Director (Bilateral/UNESCO), FMIC, Mr.

Ifeanyi Okereke,

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