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    COVID-19: FG writes off N4.2bn debt of broadcast stations

COVID-19: FG writes off N4.2bn debt of broadcast stations

The federal government has cancelled 60 percent of the debt owed to it by broadcast stations to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the industry. At a media briefing on Monday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the broadcast industry is hard-hit owing to falling revenues occasioned by dwindling adverts and sponsored programmes in the wake of the pandemic. He [...]

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    FG to agencies: Reject any letter from officials seeking to influence recruitments

FG to agencies: Reject any letter from officials seeking to influence recruitments

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned political appointees and other government officials against using their positions to bestow undue advantage on anyone seeking government jobs and other favours. In a statement on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, quoted the president as saying the action is "antithetical to the character of the administration". Mohammed said the president's repeated warning followed persistent [...]

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    Broadcaster arrested for ‘insulting’ Lai regains freedom — after 45 days

Broadcaster arrested for ‘insulting’ Lai regains freedom — after 45 days

Rotimi Jolayemi, a journalist who was arrested for allegedly criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has been freed by the police, after 45 days in detention.  According to PUNCH, Dorcas, Jolayemi’s wife confirmed that he was released on Friday, but asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.  Jolayemi, known as “Oba Akewi,” had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the [...]

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    Lai: Atiku spreading falsehood on Nigeria’s debt profile

Lai: Atiku spreading falsehood on Nigeria’s debt profile

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is spreading a false and frightening report on the country's debt profile. Atiku had raised concerns on the country’s rising debt profile. The former vice-president said according to the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP), Nigeria’s debt to revenue ratio was 99% in the first quarter of [...]

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    ‘It’s a recognition of our creative talents’ — FG lauds Mo Abudu over Netflix deal

‘It’s a recognition of our creative talents’ — FG lauds Mo Abudu over Netflix deal

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    Court remands journalist arrested for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed in police custody

Court remands journalist arrested for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed in police custody

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Rotimi Jolayemi, a journalist who was arrested for allegedly criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, in police custody. Jolayemi, known as “Oba Akewi”, is the vice-chairman, Freelance and Independent Radio Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Osun state chapter. He had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it [...]

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    FG: States will no longer get refunds for repairing federal roads

FG: States will no longer get refunds for repairing federal roads

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, says states would no longer be refunded for construction or repair works carried out on federal roads. Addressing state house correspondents after the third virtual meeting of the federal executive council (FEC), Mohammed said reconstruction works done on federal roads would be supervised by the ministry of works and housing. "There is a caveat [...]

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    Lai: Buhari taking Nigeria to the next level of irreversible change

Lai: Buhari taking Nigeria to the next level of irreversible change

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says President Muhammadu Buhari is taking the country to the next level of irreversible change. Speaking at a press conference to mark the first anniversary of the second term of Buhari on Thursday, Mohammed said the president got reelected because of his performance. The minister said under Buhari's leadership, Nigeria is going to join the comity of [...]

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    Nigeria yet to receive ventilators from US — a month after Trump’s promise

Nigeria yet to receive ventilators from US — a month after Trump’s promise

The federal government says it is yet to receive ventilators from the US. On April 28, US President Donald Trump, during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, promised to send ventilators to support Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the ventilators are yet to [...]

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    Police detained me for 8 days, says wife of journalist charged with ‘insulting’ Lai

Police detained me for 8 days, says wife of journalist charged with ‘insulting’ Lai

Dorcas Jolayemi, wife of the broadcaster detained for criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the police kept her in custody for eight days. Rotimi Jolayemi, her husband, had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it via WhatsApp. After spending weeks in detention, the police charged him with "causing annoyance" and "insult" to the minister. In [...]

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    Broadcaster charged to court for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed

Broadcaster charged to court for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed

Rotimi Jolayemi, a freelance broadcaster, who was allegedly arrested for criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has been charged with "causing annoyance" towards the minister, according to PUNCH. Jolayemi, known as "Oba Akewi", is the vice-chairman Freelance and Independent Radio Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Osun state chapter. He had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it via [...]

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    FEC approves N623m for customs to buy computers

FEC approves N623m for customs to buy computers

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved N623 million for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to purchase computers in all its zonal and area commands. Speaking with reporters after the FEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said the money was approved after Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, presented a memo. The minister said the N623 million would [...]

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    Journalist detained for ‘criticising Lai Mohammed’ in WhatsApp audio

Journalist detained for ‘criticising Lai Mohammed’ in WhatsApp audio

Rotimi Jolayemi, a freelance broadcaster, has been detained for 12 days allegedly on the order of Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture. Jolayemi, known as Oba Akewi, is the vice-chairman Freelance and Independent Radio Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Osun state chapter. Olu Olugbade, the FIBAN chairman who confirmed the development to TheCable said Jolayemi had recorded an eight-minute audio critical [...]

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    ‘It’s unacceptable’ — Nollywood groups kick against non-inclusion in FG’s COVID-19 committee on creative industry

‘It’s unacceptable’ — Nollywood groups kick against non-inclusion in FG’s COVID-19 committee on creative industry

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    COVID-19: FG grants two-month licence fee waiver to broadcast stations

COVID-19: FG grants two-month licence fee waiver to broadcast stations

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says terrestrial broadcast stations in the country will be given a two-month licence fee waiver amid the coronavirus pandemic. Segun Adeyemi, spokesman for the information ministry, in a statement, said Mohammed announced the new development during a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja on Wednesday. The minister said the measure, which [...]

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    Lai: Chinese doctors already working at our isolation centres

Lai: Chinese doctors already working at our isolation centres

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the Chinese doctors who came to Nigeria over a month ago are working at "our isolation centres." The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had earlier kicked against the involvement of Chinese medical experts in the fight against coronavirus but the federal government allayed their fears, assuring them that the medical team from the country where coronavirus [...]

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