Minister tasks professional bodies on nation building

Solomon Chung, Abuja

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji lai Mohammed has commended the Alumni Association of the National Institute in Nigeria and also charged other professional bodies to emulate the body and join hands in nation building.

He stated this in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital during the town hall meeting organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute and the Federal Government, tagged effective implementation of the 2016 budget.

“While once again commending AANI, let me also appeal to other organizations across the country to emulate the Alumni Association by joining hands with the government to move our country forward.

The task of nation building is for all Nigerians. Government alone cannot do He said he appreciates the collaboration and wish many more would do same.”

“In their letter to us requesting this Special Town Hall Meeting, they said because they were inspired by what they termed the renewed activism in governance by the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration to link budget outcomes with target plans, they have decided to compliment the efforts of government. The Alumni Association thereby proposed this meeting, which they tagged a ”one-day policy engagement”.

The minister, who described the effort as impressive, commended the association for choosing to engage with the federal government rather than opting for castigation.

“In other words, by their decision to hear from the government, ask questions and also make their own input, AANI has chosen to be a part of the solution, rather than to compound the challenges”, Alhaji Mohammed said.