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We ‘ve created friendly environment for entertainment — Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed reveals FG plan to regulate the social media
Alhaji Lai Mohammed,

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

…as Reps decry poor funding for the tourism sector

Information, Culture and Tourism Minister, Lai Mohammed yesterday said that the government has created a friendly environment for entertainment to thrive.He, therefore, called on indigenous creative industries to take advantage of the opportunity, assuring that his ministry has what it takes to project the image of Nigeria on the global map.Mohammed made the appeal while appearing before the committee the House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism to give an appraisal of the 2019 budget and defend projections in  2020 budget.He, however, bemoaned non-release of entire funds approved in 2019 to enable the ministry function effectively.According to the minister, about N385 million has been released of the 2019 appropriation bill with a balance of N495 million yet to be released.Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee, Ogbeide Ihema had appealed to the government to increase the budget of the ministry to enable it to function optimally.The Chairman of the Committee who explained the importance of the sector to job creation stated that the House will set up a special subcommittee to liaise internally with the House Committee on Federal Character, Federal Character Commission, Ministries and Agencies, to curb the rising spate of unemployment in the country.In their respective contributions, some members of the committee said there must be enough funding for the ministry if it must carry out its core mandate effectively.The lawmakers added that the culture and tourism sector is a major area that could turn around the country if properly funded.

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