Lai Mohammed

Sambisa Forest has become too hot for Boko Haram, says Lai Mohammed

Buhari govt rescues 30,000 people from Book Haram By Joseph Erunke ABUJA-THE federal government said Tuesday that it has secured release of 30,000 people from the grip of Book Haram terrorists in less than three years of its assumption of office. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida The government said of the over 200 school girls abducted by the terrorists in the last administration, over 100 have since regained their freedom through its intervention, saying it was working towards seeing the free release of the remaining others. Minister of Information and Culture,Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in his open...

What they don’t want you to hear about Buhari’s achievements — Lai Mohammed

The minister of information, culture and tourism in this interview reviews the strides and successes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration against the challenges that it met on ground. The interview was conducted before last Tuesday’s special press statement released by Nigeria’s former president, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo. Excerpts: By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor Has your party fulfilled its electoral promises to the people? We were very categorical that we were going to address three areas of governance: we are going to fight corruption, we are going to fight insecurity, and we are going to revamp the economy.  I can say with all sense of modesty that we can beat our chest that we have delivered in all those areas. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed b...

DSO: Kaduna joins Abuja, others

By Ben Agande and Emma Elebeke KADUNA—Kaduna State yesterday joined the three cities of Jos, Abuja and Ilorin to switch on from analogue to digital communication. This followed the official commissioning of the city by the State Governor, Mallam El- Rufai accompanied by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Kaduna. Lai Mohammed This is coming two days after the switch on of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, one year of Abuja and twenty months of Jos in line with ongoing government’s effort to meet the 100% target of transiting the country from analogue to digital communication. In his address, the minister of information, commended all the stakeholders for working round the clock to ensure the success of the transition from analogue to digital ...

$1bn: APC funded 2015 Presidential campaigns with stolen money from Lagos, Rivers  – PDP

…Challenges Information Minister Lai Mohammed to come clean …says APC employing diversionary tactics to deceive Nigerians on planned $1bn withdrawal from ECA …Says APC should address issues raised By Anthony Ogbonna The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to deny that the APC’s 2015 presidential campaigns were not funded with stolen money from Lagos and Rivers states. PDP The opposition party also described as a diversionary tactic employed by APC and Mohammed to deceive Nigerians, a statement saying PDP is rebranding with stolen funds. A statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, however said that APC s...

FG to make Calabar carnival a foreign exchange earner — Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government sas it will  make the annual Calabar carnival a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said  this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third dry run of the 2017 carnival which has the theme ‘Migration’. He said that the carnival, which has united the people  over the years and had attracted wider participation, was the longest street party in the world with 12 kilometre-lond route. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed He said that it was time for people to start seeing the carnival beyond entertainment but see the seriousness and the message it conveys. “”We are pushing the Calabar carnival to be a major foreign exchange earner for the country. “”We have here toda...

Calabar Carnival Not Just a Street Party – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the Calabar Carnival is not just a street party but a globally recognised event that celebrates culture, tradition, creativity and intelligence. The Minister stated this on Saturday in Calabar when he inspected bands, costume making centres and rehearsal sessions for the 2017 Calabar Carnival. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida The Minister who was in Calabar to declare open the dry run of the 2017 carnival, said the perception of the event, in certain quarters, as a street party that encourages negative impact on youths was misconceived. “The ...

‘PDP is re-branding itself with stolen arms money’ -Lai Mohammed

Following the election of Uche Secondus as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who reacted to PDP’s statement condemning the Federal government’s decision to withdraw $1 billion to fight Boko Haram, slammed the party saying the members have no shame at all. According to the Minister who said the party is currently rebranding itself with stolen arms money, if the money meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram wasn’t stolen, there wouldn’t have been any need to withdraw such an amount of money from the excess crude account. The PDP under Jonathan in one day distributed $269 million  cash and N100 billion which was supposed to be money meant to fight Boko Haram. The sad thing about PDP is that they do not...

Tourism requires PPP arrangement to grow – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says Public-Private-Partnership is one of the most viable ways to revive the tourism sector in Nigeria. Mohammed stated this while briefing newsmen shortly after defending the sector’s budget before the Senate Committee on Tourism on Tuesday in Abuja. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed He said that efforts were being made by the present administration in that direction, adding that there was remarkable improvement in the sector’s activities. “Anybody who has been observing what is happening in the creative industry, including culture, film industry, fashion, will see that there is remarkable transformation and that is because government has provided the enabling environment. “The cr...

Govt exploring a sustainable tourism mode – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to collaborate with the Federal Government to advance tourism development and promotion in Nigeria. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida The Minister, who stated this in Abuja on Monday when he received the newly-inaugurated council of FTAN on a courtesy visit to his office, said FTAN should consider itself as a partner, rather than as an adversary, of the government. “FTAN is the umbrella body under which every association involved in tourism resides. It is backed by law. FTAN is...

FG will continue to support growth of the creative industry – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal Government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the growth of the creative industry in the country. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida Mohammed made this statement at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos during the premiere of the movie, “The Bridge’’, produced by Lasun Ray and directed by Kunle Afolayan. The minister said that the film industry was one of the best sectors where Nigeria had begun to export its products to the world because it was an area the country had a comparative advanta...

Osinbajo, Lai Mohammed, Magu others task Nigeria to change perceptions toward corruption

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday night urged Nigerians to re-examine themselves in the fight against corruption toward developing a positive nation. Osinbajo spoke during the launch of Corruption Busters by Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Filmhouse IMAX Cinema in Lekki, Lagos State. Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the EFCC acting chairman, ibrahim Magu, diplomats and civil society organizations shared the same views expressed by Osinbajo. They gave the advice at the  event organised by the civil society group to commemorate the 2017 International Anti-Corruption day. Osinbajo said,“ We should re-examine ourselves  and move toward changing our perception...

Anambra Election: Why Buhari cannot do much about vote-buying – Lai Mohammed

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor The minister of information, culture and tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, a lawyer and public relations expert in this interview reviews developments in the polity observing among others that the recent governorship election in Anambra State is a death knell for the Independent People Of Biafra, IPOB, a group that had campaigned for the boycott of the polls. Going by what transpired in the just concluded   Anambra governorship election,   Are you not worried that   Nigerians are fast moving from ballot snatching to vote buying? What is the government doing to address this as we move towards 2019? Frankly speaking, I didn’t follow the Anambra election, so, I cannot really talk about vote buying or ballot snatching.   What I know that I ...