During a Business Lunch organized by the Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN) in Abuja, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, emphasized President Bola Tinubu's commitment to alleviating the challenges faced by Nigerians and labor unions.
Idris recalled recent negotiations with labor unions when the government delegation had to consult President Tinubu. Labor unions were insistent on a minimum wage of N40,000. After two hours of deliberation, the Federal Government decided on N35,000.
President Tinubu, Idris noted, endorsed the decision, emphasizing the importance of delivering on promises. This exemplifies the President's sincerity in ensuring that the wage increment for Nigerian workers becomes a reality.
Idris encouraged honest reporting, urging journalists to seek clarification when needed. He stressed the importance of restoring credibility in government communication to regain the trust of the electorate.
The minister also pledged to address alleged censorship and the exclusion of certain reporters from the Presidential Villa. He mentioned that the government is working on tax incentives for the media.
Furthermore, Mr. Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, expressed concern about the prevalence of fake information in society. He emphasized the importance of providing accurate and correct information and urged colleagues to improve their reporting standards.
Members of NPAN at the event discussed the need for the revival of the National Orientation Agency and restructuring of national broadcasting. They also highlighted the challenges faced by the media, advocating for incentives, press freedom, and support for the industry. The event drew attendees from various media organizations and associations from across the country.