FG Allocates N81.6m To Tackle Fake News, Among Others

FG Allocates N81.6m To Tackle Fake News, Among Others

The Federal Government has committed the sum of N81,677,335 to the fight against fake news, hate speech, and banditry.

This is stated in the appropriation bill for 2023, which was downloaded from the Nigerian budget office’s website.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has previously claimed that the nation was continuously at war with those who spread false information and incite hatred.

The Minister said that Nigeria has advanced from “deep” fake news, which he claimed was being used to wage war against the government and its leaders, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria last year. Additionally, he had stated that early on, most mainstream media outlets and reputable publications were not the sources of deep fake news. He added that it was unfortunate that these outlets and others had joined the bandwagon, and that those found guilty would face consequences.

It was discovered that N22,567,865 will be allocated for a “special enlightenment campaign on government’s programmes and policies, testimonial series to gauge impact of government policies on the citizenry.

“Advocacy against fake news, hate speech, farmers-herders clashes, banditry, rape, e.t.c.”

N18,654,780 will be allocated for “quarterly interaction with foreign media, PR lobby,” according to the budget. Further analysis also showed that a total of N24,000,000 would be spent to produce the Federal Government wall calendar for the year 2024. The sum of N16,454,690 was also disclosed to be used for “institutional interactions with stakeholders such as bloggers, online publications, Nigeria Union of Journalists among others.”

The 2023 appropriation bill was presented to the National Assembly in Abuja on Friday by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired).

 

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