FG budgets N138m to tackle fake news, print calendars
Written by Adeola Ibrahim on December 6, 2023
The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, will be spending N138, 066,187 to combat fake news and print calendars.
Part of the sum will also be used to facilitate media appearances for ministers and organise engagement with social media influencers among others.
This is contained in the details of the 2024 Appropriation Bill currently before the National Assembly.
A former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, initiated an advocacy against fake news under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Muhammed, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in 2021, stated that Nigeria had graduated from ordinary fake news to “deep” fake news, which according to him, was being used to wage war against the government and its officials.
He had also said that at the beginning, purveyors of deep fake news were largely unknown online publications, adding that it was, however, unfortunate that otherwise reputable publications and some mainstream media had joined the bandwagon while adding that citizens found guilty would be sanctioned
In the 2024 budget, N24.5m has been allocated for a “special enlightenment campaign on government’s programmes and policies, testimonial series to gauge the impact of government policies on the citizenry.