The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reiterate the reason the Nigerian Government would control the Social Media.
This information was disclosed during a roundtable discussion on culture in Imo State on Thursday 19th December, 2019, where the Minister was represented by Memunat Idu-Lah. He said the control had become necessary to curb abuses and negative effects. In his words; “The determination of the government to regulate the platforms are not designed to hamper freedom of expressing or suppress public discourse as being alleged; rather to prevent its abuse and the negative penalty.
The trend of hate speech, fake news and other forms of criminality which is featured regularly on the social media has the prospective to harm the nation’s security, national unison and our overall national curiosity.
He said that the Federal Government is dedicated to promote national unity through culture. The significance of culture as the bedrock of advancement; the role of the Nigerian youth as key drivers of advancement and cultural ambassadors as well as the value of the social media in contemporary times have continued to attract the attention of government and development experts.
It is heartwarming to state that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration acknowledges the importance of culture as one of the pillars of sustainable development and has identified culture as one of the key sectors for government’s economic diversification agenda.
The present administration appreciates the place of youths in economic growth and as future leaders and has set solid policies in place for their training and empowerment to fight and reduce unemployment and boost their relevance in the nation’s economic plan.