‘We won’t abandon our campaign promises,” says Lai Mohammed

TVC E, POLITICS -  Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will not renege of his campaign promises. Mohammed also said that the government had been forced to prioritize its programmes due to the oil price decline. The minister made the comments while featuring on a TV programme on Sunday, February 28, 2016. “When you campaign, you say you will do a,b, c, but when you win election, you prioritise,” he said. “We are still faithful to those promises, but as you have rightly said, when we were campaigning the price of crude was $100 a barrel, today it is $30 a barrel so definitely, we will have to downsize some of the things intended to do but this does not mean abandoning those promises. “You do not make a budget for four years, you make an annual budget and in this year’s budget, we have outlined...

Nollywood: Lai Mohammed to energise agencies above groups

TVC E -  The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reiterated the federal government's readiness to partner Nollywood institutions, rather than individuals and groups in a bid to  form the pattern of interaction with stakeholders in the motion picture industry. The minister made this known on Sunday, during an interactive forum with filmmakers at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Media Centre, Iganmu, Lagos. Lai Mohammed emphasised the need to strengthen agencies such as the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) as the true ears and eyes of government rather than the various groups of dissenting voices that Nollywood is known for over the years. This was just as some practitioners stressed the need for a common platform for practitioners. Mohammed who spoke with profound knowledge of the film industry; its prospects and challenges, said he will also make moves to bring the Nigerian Copyright...