The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
contrary to what naysayers want people to believe, this Administration is
working assiduously to redeem its electoral pledges, especially in the
critical areas of developing the economy as well as fighting corruption and
The Minister stated this in Abuja on Friday while signing a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of The State
Council Information Office, Mr. Guo Weimin, in the area of media and
“Contrary to the lies that are being purveyed daily in the Social
Media, this government has been working assiduously to redeem its electoral
pledges. Our fight against insecurity is yielding very positive results.
“Our fight against corruption is focused and is ongoing and we are resolute
and we have resolved that we are going to fight corruption until corruption
goes under. We are happy that in this regards, we have a very good partner
in China because we are aware and we know how China fought corruption and
how China is fighting corruption.
“We have succeeded in nursing a very sick economy and very soon, Nigeria
will get out of recession,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed, who said the signing of the MOU will further deepen the
already excellent relationship between the two countries, expressed
optimism that some provisions of the MOU that encourage the news agencies
of Nigeria and China to reflect, in their reporting, the social, economic
and cultural development in both countries, will eliminate the phenomenon
of fake news.
“This is significant because we are today in the era of fake news.
Unlike China, the Social Media here is completely unrestrained.
Therefore it is important that you get your news directly from the official
source,” he said.
The Minister sought the support of China towards the training of the
Ministry’s Resident Information Officers on modern Governance Public
Communication methods in order to build their capacity as the respective
spokespersons of Ministries, Department and Agencies.
Alhaji Mohammed also sought partnership with China in the areas of film
production and distribution, development of community cinema houses and
collaboration in the co-production of films as well as screening of
Nigerian films in China and vice versa.
He called for cooperation between the Nigerian Film and Video
Censorship Board and the China Censorship Board to curb the importation and
exportation of pirated and adulterated movies of both countries.
In his remarks, the Chinese Vice Minister said the signing of the MOU
between the two countries marked a new beginning in the relationship
between the two countries, particularly in the area of media and cultural
He said staff training and programme exchanges will further solidify the
cultural ties between both nations.
Mr. Weimin said his ministry will scale up the broadcast of news about
Nigeria in China and appealed to the Minister to reciprocate the gesture.
The Chinese Vice Minister acceded to Alhaji Mohammed’s request for the
training of the Resident Information Officers and said the Chinese
Ambassador to Nigeria will fine-tune the capacity building engagement.
Mr. Weimin was accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou
Pingjian, to the signing of the MOU.