Terror Alert Devastating to Economy – Says Lai Mohammed
. decries yearly shortfalls in budgetary allocations
Terror Alert Devastating to Economy – The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed lamented that his ministry is incapacitated in the war against fake news, disinformation and hate speech ravaging Nigeria now.
Lai Mohammed who made the lamentation on Tuesday 1st, November 2022 during 2023 budget defence session.
Says his Ministry and relevant agencies had with the Senate Committee on Information , said the recent terror alert raised in Nigeria by the United States of America , United Kingdom and others , gave the Nation’s economy devastating blow.
He cried to the Committee that his ministry requires adequate funding to fight fake news , disinformation and hate speech , the latest being the terror alert raised in Nigeria by the United States of America , United Kingdom etc.
The Chairman of the Committee , Senator Danladi Sankara , explained that yearly budget cuts is not limited to Information Ministry but all MDAs generally since capital vote component of the federal budget itself dropped from N2.5trillion to N1trillion.
However , a member of the Committee , Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba , assured him that budgetary votes will be made available for the Ministry on advocacy for the 2023 general elections