Communication & Information

Making voices heard via community radio in Nigeria

The Communication and Information Sector in the Abuja Office has, over the years, remained consistent in developing and implementing programmes and projects in the following areas:

  • Promote freedom of expression and public access to information in Nigeria
  • Strengthen free, independent and pluralistic media
  • Reinforce ICT capacity of teachers and journalists and
  • Constructively engage the government, Civil Society Organizations and other partners for optimal programme delivery.

UNESCO and Media Pluralism in Nigeria

UNESCO Abuja is supporting the development of media pluralism in Nigeria. The country's media landscape has been flourishing over the past two decades, especially since the deregulation of the broadcasting sector in 1992 and the issuance of licences to Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) operators in 2001.

The deregulation of the broadcast industry heralded private ownership of radio and television stations in Nigeria and had been a major factor in the promotion of media pluralism in the country.

Today, Nigeria has over 200 radio stations of which Lagos state alone accounts for 30 stations followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 14 radio stations. Similarly, there are over 100 television stations, over 110 million mobile phone subscribers and over 48 million internet users in Nigeria.

These foregoing actions and the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 have improved freedom of expression, public access to information and popular participation in democratic governance in Nigeria.

UNESCO Abuja's Communication and Information Sector will continue to partner with the government of Nigeria, civil society and the private sector for success of its programmes.

Our Activities

Strengthening free, independent and pluralistic media in Nigeria

UNESCO supports community radio as a development platform through which communities could speak and be spoken to.

Investigative journalism training for female student-journalists 

UNESCO promotes gender equity and investigative journalism with a view to eliminating the industry stereotypes that favour men when it comes to investigative beats.

Supporting Freedom of Expression and Information in Nigeria 

Every year on 2nd May, UNESCO marks the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) to draw attention to the sanctity of freedom of expression and public access to information.

Reinforcement of Libraries, Archives and Museums as centres of Education and Learning 

UNESCO promotes harmonisation of repositories held by Libraries, Archives and Museums for easier public access to information. 

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS Education into Radio/TV Scripts and Production

Over eighty scriptwriters and Radio/TV Producers from all states in Nigeria acquired skills in mainstreaming HIV/AIDS education into radio/TV production.

Curriculum development and capacity building for UNESCO potential centres of excellence and reference in Nigeria

UNESCO promotes the adaptation of its model curricular for journalism training. Fourteen journalism training institutions in Nigeria have adapted the UNESCO Model Curricular for journalism training. 


Institutional Capacity building on media· UNESCO supports Mass Communication training institutions to produce quality journalists

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