Lai Mohammed, RMD, Adesua Etomi & more at “The Wedding Party” Premiere

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Who missed the star-studded premiere of “The Wedding Party” on Saturday, November 26th 2016.

In attendance were, members of the cast – RnB heavyweight Banky W, who made his acting debut in this movie, Adesua Etomi, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ali Baba, Ireti Doyle, Enyinna Nwigwe, AY Makun, EmmaOhMyGod, Saka, Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga), Ikechukwu, Beverly Naya, Somkele Idhalama, and more! Continue reading

Nigeria Will Not Stifle Press Freedom – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reassured that the Federal Government would not do anything to stifle press freedom.

The minister gave the assurance on Tuesday at the Third Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation in Beijing, China.

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1000 Jobs can be Created per Week for Nigerians from Dressing Masquerades – Lai Mohammed

Lai MohammedNigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that dressing masquerades can create a thousand jobs in one week for Nigerians.

Speaking at the sectoral debate of the Federal House of Representatives in Abuja on Tuesday, Mohammed said that most states in Nigeria have one festival or the other which if packaged very well can provide employment for Nigerians.

Most states today have more than one festival a year, but the packaging and lack of capacity has not enabled them to make the most out of these festivals. There’s a particular masquerade in the south east, it takes 100 people to dress him, another 100 people to undress him. If this masquerade is well-packaged, it can provide employment in one week for more than 1000 young men. These are some of the untapped potentials.

He also said that Nigeria has the oldest forest in the world in terms of biodiversity for tourists to visit, but tourists are discouraged by bribery and insecurity in the country. He differentiated between a tourist site and a tourist attraction, stating that infrastructure is needed to turn a tourist site to a tourist attraction that can generate revenue for the government.

“I worked in the airport for 10 years, and I know that if you want your passport stamped as a foreigner, you slip $100 into your passport. No tourist would come back to a country where he has to bribe immigration to enter.

No tourist would come to a country where, when he leaves immigration, he enters a ‘one-chance’ taxi or ‘one-chance’ bus. It’s a holistic problem and these are all contained in the national tourism master plan, which I would make available to the house.

We must make a difference between tourist sites and tourist attractions; what we have in Nigeria are tourist sites. They are not tourist attractions. You need infrastructure to convert a tourist site to a tourist attraction. If you don’t have infrastructure, it would always remain a tourist site.

In Cross Rivers reserve park, Nigeria has the oldest forest in the whole world. It is the oldest in terms of biodiversity, and we have this very rare, white-mane gorilla in that area, but because my people in Cross River have decided to turn them to bush meat, they have now escaped.,” he said.

Source: TheCable

How Will the N5,000 Payment to Unemployed Nigerians Work? Lai Mohammed Has the Answers

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The proposed N5,000 to be paid to unemployed Nigerians, is still a hot topic in the news.

Just yesterday, Minister of Labour and Employment,Chris Ngige, shed some light on who exactly would benefit from the welfare scheme. 

And now, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, is explaining more about the program.

In an interview with Vanguard, Mohammed stated:

“What we want to achieve by our social intervention of which the conditional transfer is just one part, is to move out millions of Nigerians from poverty. That is why we have this half a trillion naira social intervention.

Part of what we intend to do with the half a trillion naira is to train market women, artisans and unemployed graduates in the art of management and also give them loans to start their own businesses. Part of our social intervention also includes the transfer of N5,000 to the most vulnerable people.

And we are being partnered in this by the World Bank and other multilateral organisations. It has been done in many countries before and we believe that it can be done here. Many people have written ridiculously about N5,000 and claimed that it is not up to what they spend on recharge cards. And we said yes, those who are writing such things are not the average Nigerians we are seeking to help.

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Stop giving oxygen to Boko Haram insurgency – Lai Mohammed appeals to journalists

The Nigerian Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has appealed to Nigerian media to stop giving oxygen to Boko Haram by glamorizing their activities. He said this while speaking as a guest on Channels TV.

“Just as I said in my meeting with the newspapers editors in Lagos on the 21st of December, the military has largely met the deadline to defeat Boko Haram, and the military has matched the capacity of terrorists to carry out the attacks they used to.
Of course, I also mentioned that the terrorists will continue to attack such targets as markets, motor parks, entertainment centers and houses of worship; and this is exactly what is going on. We know that in an insurgency, the war does not end in one day. The attack on soft targets will continue, but we also want to appeal to the media to stop giving oxygen to the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Fayose urges Nigerians to pray for Buhari, Says; Lai Mohammed should relocate to Borno or Yobe

Fayose urges Nigerians to pray for Buhari, Says; Lai Mohammed should relocate to Borno or Yobe

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Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on Nigerians to pray specially for President Mohammadu Buhari; saying; “The President needs God to give him the necessary wisdom to be able to find solution to the country’s economic and security problems.”
The governor also challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to relocate to Sambisa in Borno State or Yobe and move around there without heavy military security if indeed he was sure that Boko Haram had been defeated.
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The war against Boko Haram is largely won- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists. The minister said this on Wednesday, December 23, during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos.

“Today, I can report that the war against Boko Haram is largely won. I can confidently say this because just recently, I led a group of 33 journalists from both the local and international media to the hot bed of the insurgency, that is, Maiduguri, Kondugua, Kaoure and Bama,”

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