The Federal Government has said it is working hard to redeem its electoral pledges to Nigerians.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said contrary to what some people want Nigerians to believe, the present administration was working assiduously to meet its electoral pledges, especially in the critical areas of developing the economy as well as fighting corruption and insecurity.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of the State Council Information Office, Mr. Guo Weimin, the minister added that the fight against insecurity was yielding positive results.
He said, “Our fight against corruption is focused and ongoing. We are resolute and we have resolved that we will fight corruption until corruption goes under. We are happy that in this regard, we have a very good partner in China because we are aware and we know how China fought and is fighting corruption.
“We have succeeded in nursing a very sick economy and very soon, Nigeria will get out of recession.”
Mohammed said the signing of the MoU would deepen the already excellent relationship between the two countries, adding that some provisions in the MoU would help to eliminate the era of fake news.
He added, “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.”
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, departments and agencies.
He 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 the 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.
The Chinese Vice Minister said the signing of the MoU marked a new beginning in the relationship between the two countries, particularly in the area of media and cultural relations.
He said workers training and programme exchanges would further solidify the cultural ties between both nations, adding that his ministry would scale up the broadcast of news about Nigeria in China, while appealing to the minister to reciprocate the gesture.
The Chinese Vice Minister, who was accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, acceded to Mohammed’s request for the training of the Resident Information Officers and said the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria would fine-tune the capacity building engagement.