Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government needs and deserves a brand new official printing press.
He stated this when he embarked on a facility tour of the federal government printing press in Lagos South west Nigeria on Monday.
Mohammed, who decried the infrastructural decay at the facility said the Nigerian government would do everything possible to get a befitting printing press where government sensitive documents as well as other commercial printing transactions could be conducted.
After the facility tour, the Minister ruled out any idea of revamping or refurbishing the Federal government printing press in Lagos, as he believes the facility cannot be revived.
“The best way out is to avoid a quick fix on this project. We’ll focus on a long term project with a view to have a brand new, fresh printing press that can compete. But in the mean time, we ‘ll try and provide the necessary equipments and incentives to motivate staff to continue with the provision of skeletal services at the moment before the bigger project but the focus is absolutely the bigger picture.”
The Minister attributed the dilapidated condition of the existing facility to systemic neglect.
“Now with this administration, we will do our best to get things right but all hands must be on deck to achieve that. As staff members, you should embrace the ‘change begins with me campaign’ so that we have a paradigm shift in the way things are done. We must add value to the system.
We must change how we view government property and our attitude and commitment to work must also change. As a government we’ll do our part of the bargain to try and provide you with what you need to work.”
Responding, the Director in-charge of the Federal Government printing press, Mr Ittu Tommy said paucity of funds had been the problem facing the facility and also the obsolete equipment could barely churn out the expected quantity and quality of printing expected by clients and as such, most of the clients had to look elsewhere for better services.
The Federal Government printing press was established in 1913 and was the best in the country with a huge capacity to deliver but has now become moribund with obsolete equipment.