The Nigerian government announced World Media and Information Literacy Week on Monday.
During the opening ceremony in Abuja, the Nigerian Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, welcomed the participants and declared open the parallel sessions.
The global event themed “Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative” is being held in Nigeria from October 24-31 in Abuja.
In his remarks, Mr. Mohammed noted that the theme of this year’s event is appropriate and timely as the world and its leaders rise to the challenge of identifying what is true and what is false in media content. .
“As I reflect on the state of our world, the enormous challenge it faces, especially with the unregulated use of social media and other digital platforms, I see the urgent need for every person to be equipped with the ability to critically evaluate and wisely use the information at their disposal,” he said.
He expressed optimism about the outcome of the week-long event which will focus on building trust between societies and individuals through the use of media and information literacy.
Speaking of the importance of MIL Week, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Tawfik Jelassi, said, “We don’t want the new digital pipeline to be harmful to societies; we must ensure that digital technology is used for the public good.
He noted that it is important to educate citizens about media and information so that they succeed in the digital age.
This is important because digital platforms have become the main sources of information for citizens.
Information producers and consumers need to be media and information literate in order to sift through the information they consume, Jelassi said.
Later in the day there will be an opening session at the Presidential Banquet Hall.
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