Buhari administration is coasting on despite deceitful remarks by cynics, says Minister

Abuja, Aug. 11, 2017 (TNE) : The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
contrary to what naysayers want people to believe, the Buhari administration is working assiduously to redeem its electoral pledges, especially in the critical areas of developing the economy as well as fighting corruption and insecurity.

The Minister stated this in Abuja on Friday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of The State Council Information Office, Mr. Guo Weimin, in the area of media and cultural relations.

“Contrary to the lies that are being purveyed daily in the Social Media, this government has been working assiduously to redeem its electoral pledges. Our fight against insecurity is yielding very positive results,” the minister said in a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Mr Segun Adeyemi.

“Our fight against corruption is focused and is ongoing and we are resolute and we have resolved that we are going to fight corruption until corruption goes under.

”We are happy that in this regard, we have a very good partner in China because we are aware and we know how China fought corruption and how China is fighting corruption,” Mohammed said.

The Nigerian Expression (TNE) reports that China has zero tolerance for corruption, abhorring it to the extent that an official convicted of high profile economic crime is executed by bullet or through lethal injection, and the cost of the bullet or the drugs reportedly paid by the family of the condemned.

”We have succeeded in nursing a very sick economy and very soon, Nigeria will get out of recession,” the minister declared.

Mohammed, who said the signing of the MoU will further deepen the already excellent relationship between the two countries, expressed optimism that some provisions of the Memorandum that encourage the news agencies of Nigeria and China to reflect, in their reporting, the social, economic and cultural development in both countries, will eliminate the phenomenon of fake news.

“This is significant because we are today in the era of fake news.Unlike China, the Social Media here is completely unrestrained. Therefore it is important that you get your news directly from the official source,” he said.

The Minister sought the support of China towards the training of the Ministry’s Resident Information Officers on modern Governance Public Communication methods in order to build their capacity as the
respective spokespersons of Ministries, Department and Agencies.

He also sought partnership with China in the areas of film production and distribution, development of community cinema houses and collaboration in the co-production of films as well as screening of Nigerian films in China and vice versa.

He called for cooperation between the Nigerian Film and Video Censorship Board and the China Censorship Board to curb the importation and exportation of pirated and adulterated movies of both
countries.

In his remarks, the Chinese Vice Minister said the signing of the MoU between the two countries marked a new beginning in the relationship between the two countries, particularly in the area of media and
cultural relations.

He said staff training and programme exchanges will further solidify the cultural ties between both nations.

Mr. Weimin said his ministry will scale up the broadcast of news about Nigeria in China and appealed to the Minister to reciprocate the gesture.

The Chinese Vice Minister acceded to Mohammed’s request for the training of the Resident Information Officers and said the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria will fine-tune the capacity building engagement.

Mr. Weimin was accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, to the signing of the MoU.(TNE)

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