Lai Mohammed laments poor budget allocation for Information Ministry
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Odebunmi Olusegun (APC-Oyo) has commended the Federal Ministry of Information for its proactive dissemination of information to Nigerians to help the fight against and curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus during the country’s lockdown. Odebunmi speaking at House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values during the 2021 budget defence presentation stated that the Ministry and the Departments and Agencies under its supervision helped the nation to flatten the curve of the pandemic. He said “Let me appreciate the Ministry of Information and her agencies for their proactive approach to information dissemination during the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.” I must say that the approach helped Nigeria to greatly stem the tide and as well flat the curve of the spread he added. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in his response lamented the low financial allocation to the Ministry of Information, a situation he said is hampering the performance of the Ministry. He said, budget for some states like Akwa Ibom and Rivers are far more than what the whole country is proposing for Federal Ministry of Information, in spite of the very high responsibilities attached to the ministry.