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Corrupt Persons Doing Everything Possible To Thwart Buhari’s Good Work – Lai Mohammed

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 05, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that corrupt elements in the society are responding to President Muhammadu Buhari's fight against corruption by doing everything in their power to undermine the good work of the present administration.

The Minister, according to a statement by issued by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, on Monday stated this while addressing the staff of the Nigerian embassy in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, where he pointed out that the Buhari administration is determined and focused in its efforts to stamp out corruption from the country.

“As the government fights corruption, corruption is also fighting back, using even unsuspecting sources,” he said, adding that: “This is the biggest challenge facing the administration at the moment.”

Speaking on how the government can better ensure the flow of timely and accurate information to Nigerian missions abroad, Mohammed said the ministry would launch an information app on December 15 to provide real time information to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

He further disclosed that the ministry was considering setting up a foreign service information system as part of plans to furnish the missions with much-needed information, especially for prospective investors and tourists.

The minister told the embassy staff that apart from using the traditional means of communicating with the people, the administration had resorted to holding town hall meetings in order to better inform Nigerians of the activities of government, as well as to get the necessary feedback on government's programmes and policies.

He added that the town hall meetings, which have been held in five states and Abuja so far, would be held on a sectoral basis from next year, in order to provide more information to Nigerians on key sectors, including agriculture, infrastructural development and the economy.

Mohammed also announced that efforts were being made to revitalise the National Orientation Agency (NOA), which he said is the closest to the grassroots, with a view to strengthening to be able to communicate the programmes and policies of the administration to Nigerians.

“We are reinventing the NOA in a more professional manner. The challenge is to better equip the NOA staff with the latest communication facilities so that they can do their work more effectively,” he stated.