Information Minister Runs the Agencies with Iron Fists

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Information Minister Runs the Agencies with Iron Fists

The Information minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed is alleged to be running the agencies under the ministry of information and culture as his personal estates. He approves the minutest allowances for as little as low level staff  of the agencies proceeding on leave.

The dissolution of the boards of parastatals and the appointment of senior management staff to head the agencies in acting capacity has made  it possible for Alhaji Lai Mohammed to ban the acting director generals from making any monetary approvals because they don't have executive powers. 

The table of the minister of Information is said to be littered with requests for leave allowances submitted over a month ago which he hasn't acted upon just as the agencies are practically jobless and not working optimally since they can't even raise money to power their generating sets because the minister hasn't approved. 

At the National Broadcasting Commission the agency is practically not doing anything because since the last DG EMEKA MBA was removed the acting DG is deliberately undermined by the minister. Efforts made by TNIN to reach the acting DG of NBC was futile even as the minister refused to pick his calls and hasn't responded to our text message sent to him since morning.

The agencies under the information and culture ministry and their functions are as follows:         



Section one Act 55 of 1988 which set up APCON state its functions as:

  • Determining who are advertising Practitioners
  • Determining what standards of knowledge and skill are to be attained by persons seeking to become registered as members of the advertising profession and reviewing those standards from time to time
  • Securing in accordance, with the provisions of the Decree, the establishment and maintenance of a register of practitioners and the publication, from time to time, of lists of those persons,
  • Regulating and controlling the practice of advertising in all its aspects and ramifications
  • Conducting examinations in the profession and awarding certificates or diploma to successful candidates and when appropriate and for such purpose, the council shall prescribe fees to be paid in respect thereof
  • Performing the other functions conferred on the council by the Act



Establishment Act



Areas of statutory responsibilities and functions

(1) To provide, as a public service in the interest of Nigeria, independent and impartial radio broadcasting services for general reception within Nigeria and to provide external services for general reception in countries outside Nigeria.

(2) Ensure that the services which it provides, when considered as a whole, shall reflect the unity of Nigeria as a Federation and at the same time give adequate expression to the culture, characteristics, and affairs and opinions of each State or other part of the Federation.


Without prejudice to the Second Schedule of its enabling Act, the functions of the Corporation shall be-

                (a)           to elect, maintain and operate a radio transmitting and receiving station;

                (b)           to install and operate wired radio distribution services;

                (c)           to enter into arrangements with the Federal or a State Government or any other public   body for the purpose of obtaining licences, rights, privileges and concessions;

                (d)           to plan, regulate and co-ordinate the activities of all the stations and the entire Federal  radio broadcasting system;

                (e)           to ensure the establishment and maintenance of high standards and promote the  efficient operation of the entire federal radio broadcasting system in accordance with                                      national policy;

                (f)            to establish and operate a formula for sharing funds amongst all its stations;

                (g)           to organise, provide and subsidise, for the purpose of broadcasting, educational  activities and public entertainment;

                (h)           to collect from any part of the world and in any manner that may be thought fit, news  and

                                information and, subject to the News Agency of Nigeria Act, to subscribe to news   agencies;

                (i)            subject to the News Agency of Nigeria Act, to provide and to receive from other persons  matters to be broadcast;

                (j)            to acquire copyrights;

                (k)           to publish, print and reproduce any matter that may be conducive to the performance  of any of its functions and offer for sale or other commercial purposes any matter so published, printed or reproduced;

                (l)            to produce, manufacture, purchase or otherwise acquire gramophone and other  mechanical records and tapes and to use them in conjunction with broadcasting services                       or any commercial venture whatsoever;

                (m)          to provide facilities for training and advancing the skill of persons employed in its services and for enhancing the efficiency of the equipment used in its services including provision by the Corporation or by others on its behalf of facilities for training,   education and research; and

                (n)           to carry out such other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of  all or any of the functions conferred on it under or pursuant to this Act.

                                                [1988 No.9. Second Schedule.]

(1) Satisfy itself that the programmes broadcast by the Corporation and the stations comply with the following requirements, that is to say-

                (a)           that nothing is included in the programmes which is likely to offend against good taste or decency or is likely to encourage or incite to crime or to lead to disorder or to be offensive to public feeling or to contain an offensive reference to any person, alive or dead;

                (b)           that the programmes maintain a proper balance in their subject matter and a generally  high standard of quality;

                (c)           that any news given in the programmes is presented with accuracy, impartiality and   objectivity;

                (d)           that due impartiality is preserved in respect of matters of political or industrial  controversy or relating to current public policy; and

                (e)           that subject to subsection (2) of this section, no matter designed to serve the interest of  any particular political party is included in the programmes; and for the purpose of this subsection, the Corporation may set up a committee, which shall consist of the Director-  General as the Chairman and all the Managing Directors, to draw up guidelines and advise the Corporation on such other matters connected with the foregoing as the Corporation may, from time to time, refer to the committee.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of this section, shall prevent-

                (a)           the inclusion in the programmes of properly balanced discussions or debates in which   the persons taking part express opinions and put forward arguments of a political character; and

(b)           the inclusion in the programmes of party political broadcasts which seek to explain the views and policies of the various political parties in accordance with the scheme of such broadcasts which apportions the facilities and time allowed between the representatives of the political parties in such a manner as appears to the Corporation equitably to represent their respective claims to the interest of the public.

(3) Secure the exclusion from any publication which may be issued by it or on its behalf, and without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of this section, from the programmes broadcast by it or on its behalf, of its own opinion as to the matters referred to in paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of this section, or of the opinion as to any such matters of any of its members or employees or of the opinion as in such matter of any member or employee or any agent of the Corporation.



functions of nbc?

1.     Advising the Federal Government generally on the implementation of the National Mass Communication Policy with particular reference to broadcasting.

2.     Receiving, Processing and considering applications for the ownership of radio and television stations including cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.

3.     Recommending applications through the Minister to the President, Commander in chief of the Armed Forces for the grant of radio and television licences.

4.     Regulating and controlling the broadcast industry;

5.     Undertaking research and development in the broadcast industry;

6.     Receiving, considering and investigating complaints from individuals and bodies corporate regarding the content of a broadcast and the conduct of a broadcasting station;

7.     Upholding the principles of equity and fairness in broadcasting.

8.     Establishing and disseminating a national broadcasting code and setting standards with regard to the contents and quality of materials for broadcast;

9.     Promoting Nigerian indigenous cultures, moral and community life through broadcasting;

10.                       Promoting authenticated radio and television audience measurements and penetration.

11.                       Initiating and harmonizing government policies on transborder direct transmission and reception in Nigeria.

12.                       Regulating ethical standards and technical excellence in public, private and commercial broadcast stations in Nigeria.

13.                       Monitoring broadcasting for harmful emission, interference and illegal broadcasting;

14.                       Determining and applying sanctions including revocation of licence of defaulting stations which do not operate in accordance with the broadcast code and in the public interest.

15.                       Approving the transmitter power, location of stations, areas of coverage as well as regulate types of broadcast equipment to be used; and,

16.                       Carrying out such other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on it under, or pursuant to this Decree (Act).






1.     To seek, obtain and otherwise receive through subscription, payment, exchange or other means, international, regional, local and other news, materials and features;

2.     To distribute such news, news materials and news features to subscribers against payment either in the form of news exchange or on such terms as may be agreed.

3.     To present complete, objective and impartial information, news or news materials or features on any matter of public and national interest within and outside the Nigerian federation.

4.     To report truthfully and fairly, without prejudice to public and national interest, the views of all sections of the population of the federation.

5.     To engage in commercial enterprises that is ancillary to the objects of the agency


To maintain our position as the leading news agency in Africa by always developing our capacity for quick and efficient delivery of accurate ,reliable, comprehensive and balanced information for our varied clientele on a commercial basis.


To be a World Class Television Network digitization



To provide excellent television services worldwide and project the true African perspectives.



– To influence, promote, sustain and improve Nigeria’s positive societal values through social, cultural, economic, political and technological programmes;


– To serve as a means of impacting knowledge through educational, informative, and entertaining programmes;


– To preserve Nigerian culture and promote cultural and political awareness in the country and beyond;


– To provide viewers with the most reliable, authoritative and independent coverage and analysis of contemporary issues of national, regional and international events through News programmes;


– To enrich national output through fostering the spirit of hardwork and productivity;


– To promote civic responsibility;


– To promote indigenous technology;


– To ensure the establishment and maintenance of high standard for efficient operation of the broadcasting system;


– To implement all the objectives with an eye on competition in order to ensure competitive advantage and profit; and


– To become an integral part of the information highway.


Functions of the NCC

  • The facilitation of investments in and entry into the Nigerian market for provision and supply of communications services, equipment and facilities.
  • The protection and promotion of the interests of consumers against unfair practices including but not limited to matters relating to tariffs and charges for and the availability and quality of communications services, equipment and facilities.
  • Ensuring that licensees implement and operate at all times the most efficient and accurate billing system.
  • The promotion of fair competition in the communications industry and protection of communications services and facilities providers from misuse of market power or anti-competitive and unfair practices by other service or facilities providers or equipment suppliers.
  • Granting and renewing communications licences whether or not the licences themselves provide for renewal in accordance with the provisions of this Act and monitoring and enforcing compliance with licence terms and conditions by licensees.
  • Proposing and effecting amendments to licence conditions in accordance with the objectives and provisions of this Act.
  • Fixing and collecting fees for grant of communications licences and other regulatory services provided by the Commission.
  • The development and monitoring of performance standards and indices relating to the quality of telephone and other communications services and facilities supplied to consumers in Nigeria having regard to the best international performance indicators.
  • Making and enforcement of such regulations as may be necessary under this Act to give full force and effect to the provisions of this Act.
  • Management and administration of frequency spectrum for the communications sector and assisting the National Frequency Management (NFM) Council in developing a national frequency plan.
  • Development, management and administration of a national numbering plan and electronic addresses plan and the assignment of numbers and electronic addresses there from to licensees.
  • Proposing, adopting, publishing and enforcing technical specifications and standards for the importation and use of communications equipment in Nigeria and for connecting or interconnecting communications equipment and systems.
  • The formulation and management of Nigeria’s inputs into the setting of international technical standards for communications services and equipment.
  • Carrying out type approval tests on communications equipment and issuing certificates on the basis of technical specifications and standards prescribed from time to time by the Commission.
  • Encouraging and promoting infrastructure sharing amongst licensees and providing regulatory guidelines thereon.
  • Examining and resolving complaints and objections filed by and disputes between licensed operators, subscribers or any other person involved in the communications industry, using such dispute-resolution methods as the Commission may determine from time to time including mediation and arbitration.
  • Preparation and implementation of programmes and plans that promote and ensure the development of the communications industry and the provision of communications services in Nigeria.
  • Designing, managing and implementing Universal Access strategy and programme in accordance with Federal Government’s general policy and objectives thereon.
  • Advising the Minister on the formulation of the general policies for the communications industry and generally on matters relating to the communications industry in the exercise of the Minister’s functions and responsibilities under this Act.
  • Implementation of the Government’s general policies on communications industry and the execution of all such other functions and responsibilities as are given to the Commission under this Act or are incidental or related thereto.
  • Generally advising and assisting communications industry stakeholders and practitioners with a view to the development of the industry and attaining the objectives of this Act and its subsidiary legislation.
  • Representation of Nigeria at proceedings of international organisations and fora on matters relating to regulation of communications and matters ancillary and connected thereto.
  • The general responsibility for economic and technical regulation of the communications industry.





Our Mission is

  • To provide a professional structure for the practice of public relations.
  • To enhance the ability and status of our members as professional practitioners.
  • To represent and serve the professional interests of our members.
  • To provide opportunities for members to meet and exchange views and ideas.
  • To raise standards within the profession through the promotion of best practice – including the production of best practice guides, case studies, training events and our continuous professional development scheme ‘Developing Excellence’.

Our Aim is

  • To be the leading regional public relations organisation.
  • To unite the PR profession and bring all persons / organisations under a common banner.
  • To represent the industry on PR issues so as to establish growth for the profession as a whole.
  • To enhance the image of public relations in Nigeria




A World-Class Postal Service Provider.


To provide quality Postal Services that satisfy the aspirations of all stakeholders






Voice of Nigeria was established for the following objectives:

*To project Nigeria’s positive image externally.

*To inform the world on national and African issues and developments.

*To change the perspectives of the world on Nigeria and the black world.

*To unite Africa and the black world.

*To engender positive contribution of Africans in the Diaspora to the growth and development of the continent.


“To become the international radio broadcasting station of first choice for anyone interested in Nigeria and Africa”.


“Reflecting Nigerian and African perspective in our broadcast, winning and sustaining the attention, respect and goodwill of listeners worldwide particularly Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora and making Nigeria’s voice to be heard more positively in the shaping of our world”


          Functions of the Centre

(1)      The Centre shall be a multi-disciplinary institution and shall, subject to this Act, have responsibility for the promotion of public interest in Black and African arts and civilization and for the preservation of such creative work of value-

(a)      of each participating country during the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture 1977 (in this Act referred to as "the 1977 Festival") or similar cultural manifestations; or

(b)      of any other country or individual where such creative work has emanated from or pertains to the 1977 Festival or similar cultural manifestations,

donated to the Centre either directly or through the International Festival Committee of the 1977 Festival or hereafter donated to the Centre by any person or organization.

(2)      In pursuance of subsection (1) of this section, it shall be the duty of the Centre-

(a)      to locate, identify and assemble for better preservation all recorded matter, published materials and museum artifacts relating to the 1977 Festival and to prepare an inventory of these works;

(b)      to promote understanding and appreciation of Black and African arts and culture by involving the general public in its activities through lectures, discussions, symposia, exhibitions, performances and demonstrations of arts and crafts;

(c)       to acquire from zonal secretariats of the 1977 Festival and any other source, creative records relating to past and future world, regional or national festivals of arts and culture of relevance to Black and African arts and civilization;

(d)      to produce guides, catalogues, bibliographies, abstracts and indices to facilitate the use of the materials preserved at the Centre;

(e)      to make the facilities of the Centre available to members of the public on such terms as the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, determine;

(f)       to organize exhibitions, displays and such other manifestations as are calculated to achieve the objects of the Centre;

(g)      to make appropriate arrangements for the exchange either by way of lending or gift of materials held at the Centre;

(h)      to supplement the materials held at the Centre by acquiring copies of materials relating to past and future, world, regional or national festivals of arts and culture of relevance to Black and African arts and civilization;

(i)       to safeguard the property of the Centre; and

(j)       to provide such services (other than research) as are usually provided by cultural resources centres.



A stable museum system, which ensures the preservation and integration of the Nigerian cultural and natural heritage within the local and national developmental process and the world heritage network.



The systematic collection, preservation, study and interpretation of the material evidence (tangible and intangible) of the development of the peoples of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora.




To use culture as a cornerstone to build a solid nation where the citizens shall see its cultural diversity as a source of strength.


The National Council for Arts and Culture shall be committed to the development and promotion of the living Arts and Cultures of Nigeria, using it as resources fornational integration and unity as well as to serve as catalyst for sustainablegrowth and development of the Nation.


In line with our vision and mission, the NCAC is refocusing its programmes and projects towards positively improving the perception about culture and cultural activities, as serious business opportunities capable of job creation, poverty alleviation, curbing rural urban drift and economic empowerment.


Drawing from its enabling Law, the Council has the following mandate/schedule:

to plan and co-ordinate cultural activities towards fostering the development of Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in Nigeria.

•to coordinate national cultural events amongst the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

•to promote skills acquisition and youth empowerment through cultural industries. to develop and promote the Arts and Crafts Industry through specialized Exhibitions and Expos.

•to promote and develop the revival of Nigerian Arts and Culture through research and publications.

•to render assistance to the States in the field of Arts and Culture;

•to promote the development of music, traditional dancing, drama, indigenous games, opera, cinema, films, photography, folklore, oral tradition, literature and poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture and general arts, wood work, embroidery, weaving and similar crafts.

•to establish, for the purpose of carrying out its functions under this Act, a National Endowment Fund for the Arts.

•to network with Arts Councils of other countries of the world and other relevant international agencies such as International Federation of Art Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the World Crafts Council (WCC) etc.

•to establish with the approval of the Minister, cultural centres, theatres, art galleries and craft centres for the promotion of arts and culture. 



The Gallery is charged with the responsibility of:

a) acquiring and collecting Nigerian works of art;

b) organizing permanent and temporary exhibitions;

c) organizing competitions and talent hunts in fine and applied arts;

d) receiving donations and endowments to support the National

collections of works of art;

e) sponsoring and encouraging research into all aspects of arts;

f) organizing workshops, lectures, seminars and conferences on

the theory, practice and appreciation of arts;

g) establishing and maintaining a Documentation Centre on Arts

and Artists, and

h) promoting excellence in the theory and practice of art through

the award of grants to artists and art scholars.


According to sub-section 3(1) (a) and (b) and 2 (a-g) of section 3 of the Act establishing NICO, the objectives and functions of the Institute are as follows:

Serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigeria's policy makers and other government officials.
Develop cultural materials for promoting the cultural image of Nigeria nationally and internationally and use them for the realization of the nation's Cultural Diplomacy objectives.
Train Cultural Development Officers who will integrate Nigeria's culture into the educational system at all levels to facilitate the practical application of the Nigerian culture in everyday activity.
Promote and develop relevant curricula aimed at integrating Nigeria's culture into the educational system at all levels.
Carry out public enlightenment campaigns of the various facets of Nigeria's culture to effectively mobilize Nigerians towards a culture-oriented lifestyle; and
Sponsor and undertake research into all aspects of Nigeria's arts and culture.

The main objectives of the Agency, as provided in Decree 100 of 1993, are to:

i. Ensure that Government programmes and policies are better understood by the general public;

ii. Mobilize favourable public opinion for such programmes and policies;

iii. Encourage informal education through public enlightenment activities and publications;

iv. Establish feedback channels to Government on all aspects of Nigerian national life;

v. Establish appropriate national framework for educating, orientating and indoctrinating Nigerians towards attitudes, values and culture which project individual‟s national pride and positive national image for Nigeria;

vi. Awaken the consciousness of Nigerians to their responsibilities to the promotion of national unity, citizens‟ commitment to their human rights to build a free, just and progressive society;

vii. Develop among Nigerians of all ages and sex, social and cultural values and awareness which will inculcate the spirit of patriotism, nationalism, self-discipline and self-reliance;

viii. Encourage the people to actively and freely participate in discussions and decisions on matters affecting their general welfare;

ix. Promote new sets of attitudes and culture for the attainment of the goals and objectives of a united Nigeria State;

x. Ensure and uphold leadership by example;

xi. Foster respect for constituted authority; and

xii. Instill in the citizens a sense of loyalty to the fatherland.




The main objectives of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism includes:

  • To provide improved and quality service in the hospitality and tourism industry by introducing professional, technical and specialised training as well as post-graduate course in the  travel and tourism and hospitality fields.
  • To provide short and long term managerial and supervisory training for the development of specific skills as well as to enhance the quality and efficiency of senior functionaries in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • To co-operate with relevant bodies to organize and facilitate staff development programmes for teachers and supervisors in polytechnics  and the tourism industry.
  • To co-operate with relevant bodies in developing and updating national training curriculum for all levels of personnel in the industry.
  • To provide a forum at which representatives of both public and organized private tourism sectors and tourism institutions could exchange ideas and information on development in the industry.
  • To keep and maintain a register of Travel and Tourism training institutions, their training programmes, subjects, locations standards, durations and type.
  • To develop a learning resource center for the production of audio visual aids, collection and dissemination of learning materials.
  • To source funds and technical assistance for the promotion of its objectives




Under the supervision of the Board, the National Theatre and National Troupe was charged with the responsibilities to:

1.     encourage the discovery and development of talent in the performing arts;

2.     achieve high artistic productions specifically designed for national and international tours;

3.     ensure that production of the troupe are geared towards national aspirations;

4.     encourage the development of children theatre;

5.     ensure the preservation of repertoire of the Troupe; and

6.     ensure that the National Theatre is efficiently managed as a commercial concern.


 4. Functions

(l) The functions of the Corporation shall be- (a) to encourage people living in Nigeria to take their holidays therein and people from abroad to visit Nigeria; and (b) to encourage the provision and improvement of tourism amenities and facilities in Nigeria including the development of hotels and ancillary facilities. (2) In addition to the specific powers conferred on the Corporation by or under the subsequent provisions of this Act, the Corporation shall have power- (a) to provide advisory and information services; (b) to promote and undertake research in the field of tourism; (c) to render technical advice to the states and local governments in the field of tourism; (d) to register, classify and grade all hospitality and tourism enterprises, travel agencies and tour operators in such manner as may be prescribed. (3) The Corporation shall in particular have power to- (a) carry on any undertaking which appears to the Corporation to be necessary for the promotion and development of a tourist industry; (b) assist in the development of- (i) museums and historic sites; (ii) parks; (iii) game reserves; (iv) beaches; (v) natural beauty spots; (vi) holiday resorts; (vii) souvenir industries; (c) advise appropriate authorities on ways of improving tourist facilities; (d) publicise tourism; and (e) do all such things incidental to the foregoing functions which in its opinion are calculated to facilitate the carrying on of the duties of the Corporation under this Act.


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