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Jonathan new child online protection champion

23 July 2013, 09:04Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has officially appointed Nigeria's First Lady, Patience Jonathan, as one of its global Child Online Protection ambassadors.

Speaking at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General said Jonathan earned the appointment due to her deep interest in activities involving children and youths.

"Dame Patience Jonathan has founded many philanthropic and empowerment projects for children and women.

"These include programmes to improve the status and earning capacity of Nigerian youth and women," he said.

Appreciating the Union for the honor, Jonathan highlighted the importance of intervening in the worrisome challenge of cyberspace insecurity, especially with regards to vulnerable children.

“I pledge to join hands with ITU to secure the children of the world from the dangers of cybercrime,” she said.

ITU 's Child Online Protection (COP) initiative was launched in 2008 as part of the overall thrust to strengthen cybersecurity.

It brings together partners from various sectors to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children around the world.

Under the first lady's guidance, the Nigeria government is now taking extensive steps to ensure a safer online environment for children.

Meanwhile, a high-level delegation which  included Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology; Hajia Zainab Maina, Minister of Women Affairs and Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, minister of Youth Affairs as well as Senators Helen Esuene and Esther Nenadi Usman and Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives ,Stella Dorgu and Peace Nnaji accompanied Jonathan to the ITU ceremony.

- CAJ News


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