The United Nations headquarters, New York has entered into a media partnership agreement with Anambra State Government, to engender professional relationship between the UN News and Media Division and Anambra State Broadcasting Services (ABS). Facilitated by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, the agreement was the first in the entire South-East Nigeria.
Handing over the agreement to the Anambra State Governor, H. E. Willie Obiano, on Wednesday, 21 November 2018, at Awka, Anambra State, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, noted that the agreement was part of the on-going efforts of the United Nations to reach the furthest anywhere in the world through media partnership. “The UN Media Partners initiative of the UN News and Media Division (NMD), Department of Public Information, New York, tells the UN’s story through television, radio and the Internet, working together with partners in the media worldwide to raise awareness of the UN’s goals and highlight its successes.” He explained.
Dr Chambas assured that the UN in Nigeria would continue to diversify its language of communication to the Nigerian people and stressed that “We will continue to be deliberate in the use of local languages in order not to leave no one behind. Currently, we have weekly programmes running in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages across the country.”
Responding, Governor Obiano thanked the UN system in Nigeria for its support to Anambra State over the years and pledged that the State would continue to fulfil its part of all agreements with the UN towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Managing Director and CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Services, Nze Uche Nworah, expressed his delight about the partnership agreement and promised to work hard towards ensuring the success of the partnership and the development of Anambra State.