Past Minister of Information in Nigeria from 1957 Till Date

19 Agencies of Ministry of Information in Nigeria and Their Core Mandates

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The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in Nigeria is the main tool used by the Federal Government to connect with Nigerians and the rest of the world through the timely passage of information.

Irrespective of what the action of the government is, the ministry which is headed by a political appointee of the president, defends the action of the government.

Sometimes, the Minister of Information uses propaganda even when he obviously knows the truth. He is the image-maker of the government and does all he can to make polish the integrity of the ruling government.

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Apart from this, the ministry of information also shares government information with Nigerians.

At of the time of publication, former Chief of Staff to a former governor of Lagos state, Lai Mohammed is the incumbent minister of information.

So what are the responsibilities of the Information Ministry?

Six key roles of the ministry are:

1) To build a positive image of Nigeria and the president.

2) It supervises and coordinates the media industry to ensure that the information sent out doesn’t threaten national security.

3) It enlightens the Nigerians civic education

4) To promote the cultural values of all Nigerians.

5) Enlightens the general public about ideal of good behaviour and the need to avoid social vices.

6) Promoting the richness of Nigeria’s culture to the outside world by promoting tourism locations in Nigeria.

Parastatals

Apart from departments that help in the internal working of the ministry, there are 18 agencies that help the ministry to carry out its functions:

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Information Agencies Years of Establishment Core Mandates
National Gallery of Art (NGA) 1993 To promote and present the creative visual art of Nigeria to the rest of the World
Nigerian Film Corporation 1979 To develop the film industry in Nigeria, produce films both for domestic and foreign consumption and encourage local contents of creative movies
Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) 1977 To provide independent and impartial television broadcasting for the interest of Nigeria
Nigerian Press Council (NPC) 1992 To ensure the maintenance of high professional standards for the Nigerian Press.
Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) 1992 To coordinate the planning and development of tourism in Nigeria.
Centre for Blacks and African Arts and Culture (CBAAC) 1977 To preserve materials use during FESTAC ‘77. and service as cultural archive and repository for cultural works,arts, monuments,indigenous games in Nigeria
National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM) 1979 To manage the collection, documentation, conservation and presentation of the National Cultural properties to the public for the purpose of education and entertainment
Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism(NIHOTOUR) 1987 To train individuals and organisations in the skills needed in tourism and the hospitality industry through professional regulatory framework
Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) 1988 To control and regulate advertising practice in Nigeria
National Orientation Agency (NOA) 1993 To keep Nigeria abreast with the activities of the Federal Government
National Institute for Cultural Orientation(NICO) 1993 To be Nigeria’s apex cultural training institute through world-class research
National Council for Arts And Culture (NCAC) 1975 To promote and develop the revival of Nigerian Arts and Culture through research and publications and create jobs in the in the cultural industries
National Theatre 1975 To promote Nigeria’s culture through performance
National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) 1991 To encourage the discovery and development of talents in the performing arts
Voice of Nigeria (VON) 1961  Formerly known as Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), VON is to serve as the voice of Nigeria to the rest of the world.
National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) 1992  To receive, process and consider applications for the establishment and ownership of broadcasting stations (radio and TV) in Nigeria
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) May 10, 1976 To present news material of public and national interest for Nigeria’s consumption and the rest of the world.
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) 1956 Popularly called Radio Nigeria, FRCN is to uplift the people and unite the nation
National Film & Video Censors Board 1993 To censor and classify films and video works in Nigeria and also to provide safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises

Contact details:

  • Official website: fmic.gov.ng
  • Facebook: @FMICNigeria
  • Twitter: @FMICNigeria
  • Flickr: @fed_info_nigeria_photos
  • YouTube: @FMINigeria
  • Instagram: @Fmic_nigeria
  • Headquarters: Federal Secretariat Complex,
    Phase II, Block A, First Floor,
    PMB 473, Sheh Shagari Way, Abuja
Assessment:

Most times, the minister of information deliberately twists disputable facts in the interest of the sitting president.

Not only that, since, some of its agencies are not only dormant but a financial burden on Nigeria.

For instance, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has remained a bench warmer since 2015, failing in its enlightenment and social consciousness roles. Some of the local government offices of NOA exist on papers. What about the Artistes Village of the National Troupe of Nigeria? The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture needs to do more than playing the role of a bulldog of the president.

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