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Nigeria: Unesco Boosts Unilag Radio With N1.190m

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has received equipment worth over N1 million from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its Mass Communication Radio station. UNESCO's Director and Country Representative in Nigeria, Abhimanyu Singh, while presenting the equipment to the university management on Monday in Abuja said the gesture was in line with the organization's resolve towards supporting independent and pluralistic media in the country.

Singh said "the Support for independent and pluralistic media project was approved in 2007 within the strategic plans of UNESCO's communication and information sector for the development of a free and vibrant local media." While noting that the presence of an independent and free media is one of the bulwarks of democracy which the United Nation (UN) advocates the UNESCO director added that the organization was in support of a strengthened media and freedom of information in the country.

"A vibrant and responsible national media creates a platform for citizens to constantly engage their leaders at all levels towards ensuring even growth and development of the society," he said Speaking on the reason for the choice of UNILAG as the recipient of the equipment, Singh said the institution's mass communication radio falls within the needed criteria.

"We are proud to identify with station which has served as a centre for training journalists, not only in Nigeria but across the whole of Africa . We also believe the more students who benefit from the experience and training, the better Nigeria would be for it," he said.

Receiving the equipment which include audio mixers, portable audio recorders, audio tapes and compact discs and external microphones, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Tolu Odugbemi, said the relationship between UNESCO and the institution had lasted over 40 years.

(Daily Champion (Lagos), 25 September 2007)

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