OPENING REMARKS BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI
MOHAMMED, AT THE 3RD EDITION OF THE ”PMB ADMINISTRATION SCORECARD
2015-2023” SERIES IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, NOV. 10TH 2022
- I warmly welcome you all to this third edition of the ‘PMB
Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series’. On Monday, we were here
for the second edition, which was addressed by the Honourable Minister
of Transportation, Today, we will be addressed by the Honourable
Minister of Aviation.
- As you are aware, gentlemen, we launched this series last month,
specifically on Wednesday, Oct. 19th 2022, to massively showcase the
achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration. Yes, we
have, over these past years, highlighted these achievements on various
platforms, including Town Hall Meetings, Press Conferences, Radio and
TV Documentaries, Media Appearances and Testimony Series. However, as
the Administration winds down, it is important for us to consolidate
our efforts at showcasing these achievements, and that has informed
the design of this and other special programmes dedicated to that
- I do not intend to pre-empt the Honourable Minister of Aviation,
but I can tell you that his ministry has notched up huge achievements
since coming into being. You will hear some of these giant strides
from the horse’s mouth shortly.
- Before I invite the Honorable Minister of Aviation, please permit
me to quickly address an issue that has elicited a lot of inquiries
from the media in recent times. Many of your colleagues have called to
ask us what will become of our agreement with Twitter in view of the
change in its ownership. Many have asked for our reaction following
reports that there has been a spike in fake news, disinformation and
hate speech since the micro-blogging site changed ownership. Many have
even asked us if another ban is in the offing?
- Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving
developments at Twitter. It has never been our intention to ban any
social media platform or stifle free speech. Not at all. What happened
in the case of Twitter is well known to all. Twitter became a platform
of choice for those who want to destabilize Nigeria, using fake news,
disinformation and hate speech. No nation will allow any social media
platform to plunge it into anarchy. Definitely not Nigeria. But we
have continued to engage positively with the different social media
platforms, including Facebook, Google (owners of YouTube) and Twitter.
We have no intention of banning any social media platform again. But
we will also not sit by and allow any platform whatsoever to throw our
nation into crisis.
- On this note, Honourable Minister, distinguished ladies and
gentlemen, gentlemen of the press, it is now my pleasure to invite the
Honourable Minister of Aviation to make his presentation. We will take
your questions after his presentation.
- Honourable Minister please!