TATAFO >>> Lai Mohammed Disowns Ministry’s N398m Votes For Computers

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Minister of Information and Culture,
Lai Mohammed yesterday disowned
the N398 million his ministry voted
for the purchase of computers in their
2016 budget.

During the defence of the ministry’s
2016 budget before the Senate
Committee on Information, Lai
Mohammed said the N230 million
and N168 million voted for the
purchase of computers for the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the
National Film and Video Censors
Board was strange to him
“No, that is not possible.

That was
definitely not what was proposed, this
cannot be,”he told the Senate
Committee members.

An official of the ministry who spoke
said only N5 million was proposed for
the item in the original budget of the
NFVCB.

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A member of the committee, Senator
Ben Murray Bruce , expressed his
displeasure at the development
surrounding the ministry’s budget and
also queried the fact that the needs of
those in the North East were not
considered in the budget.

According to Murray-Bruce , effective
communication of events in the North
East to residents in that region is very
important. He said Radio networks
and Television stations can be
effectively used to manage the crisis
in the North.

“It would have made more sense for
the information budget of the Army to
be given to the Ministry of
Information to equip these stations
manned by NTA and FRCN used by
the military as a source of
communication.

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For instance, if there is going to be an
air raid in a particular area, we can
warn the citizens to stay off that
particular area.

The media can be used like when
Buhari did in 1983 for War against
Indiscipline, War Against Corruption,
so National Orientation should use the
medium that we have.

NTA is a phenomenal network, it has
more assets than any station in the
whole of Africa today, NTA must be
worth 400 million dollars in the open
market today.”

he said