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Lai Mohammed derides NTA, FRCN, NAN; calls them second fiddle


Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday criticized the Federal Government-owned media organizations and accused them of playing second fiddle.

He said the public owned media houses are not considered credible because their staff have thrown professionalism to the wind while also showing total disregard for editorial independence.

He stated this in Abuja during his maiden meeting with heads of parastatals under the ministry.

The minister also said the government-owned media organizations always complain of financial woes, forgetting that there is a link between credibility and profitability.

“Advertisers will surely flock to more credible media organizations, and of course it is also true that content drives advertisement,” he said.

“Public broadcasters have mortgaged their credibility on the altar of political correctness, and yet they are endowed with highly-trained and well-qualified personnel, better infrastructure and a wide reach,” Mohammed said.

The minister also said that leadership will be provided for the Federal Government-owned media organizations in a manner that will make them to become the first source of information, so that they can more effectively function as a vehicle for the change mantra of the Buhari Administration, and also regain their lost glory.


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