First Lady’s child online protection role to add impetus to initiatives
Nigeria’s Communications Ministry has pledged its support to Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, in her role as ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.
Dame Patience Jonathan was recently appointed as the UN ITU’s global Child Online Protection Champion.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said in formalising her role: “Under her guidance, the Government of Nigeria is now taking extensive steps to ensure a safer online environment for children. ITU is looking forward to collaborating even more closely with Nigeria to build a better future for our children.”
Among her responsibilities, the First Lady will work toward creating a safe environment for children while they are on the internet, as well as push for reforms not only in the Africa region but across the globe.
Ms. Jonathan, who is also President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, pledged to “join hands with ITU to secure the children of the world from the dangers of cybercrime.”
Minister Omobola Johnson said in a statement that the ITU had chosen the First Lady to be its Child Online Protection champion for her passion in championing the cause of women and children in Nigeria and Africa. She said that Nigeria is already doing a number of things to protect children online but the investiture of the First Lady would add impetus to the delivery and success of the initiative.