No feud between Executive and Legislature – Minister

Solomon Chung, Abuja

The Nigerian Legislature and Executive arm of government are working in cordiality and share the same aspirations, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said.

He stated that the rumored feud between the two important arms of government was just the figment of the imagination of some people.

The minister cited the issues of insecurity, economy and good governance as the three main ingredients that unite them, which they are all working towards achieving.

He disclosed this when he received the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs in his office in Abuja.

Reeling out his communication strategy and workings so far, Mohammed told the senators that his Ministry recognized the importance of information in deepening and sustaining democracy, and as a result, devised a means to ensure effective communication between government and the people.

“We have deliberately made people the center piece of our events. We believe that once communication gap exists, it would create misconception, suspicion and downright falsehood.

It is against this backdrop that beside the main stream media, we have embarked on town hall meetings in a bid to get across to the people directly.

The Town Hall meeting is not just meant to tell people about government policies but to also hear from them and take the message back to government with a view to reflecting some of their thoughts and ideas on government programmes.”

He mentioned some of the Ministry’s activities such as meeting with critical stakeholders in the information sector, the planned reorientation campaign as well as the awareness on corruption and insecurity.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Abdullahi said the senate was fully committed to continue representing the collective interest and aspirations of Nigerians.

“We understand the challenges facing the country at the moment but to make things better there is the urgent need to address the economy and security which are the two biggest issues of our time.

The 8th senate is anchored on three cardinal objectives of improving livelihood, improving business and good governance.”

He said the government must work deliberately to address hidden discontent and pull everybody in the same direction.

“As information managers, we need to work and canvass for the urgent need to ensure genuine and sincere actions anchored on the rule of law, due diligence and process. In doing this, we must promote confidence building through genuine co creation, co action, cooperation, collaboration and co-ordination.”

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has embarked on a series of town hall meetings across the country’s geo political zones. It has held them in Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Akwa Ibom so far, with more to follow.