*Budgets N250m for media, influencers, bloggers
The Federal Government on Thursday said it has no plan to shut down the internet or social media.
It said it would only work with stakeholders to regulate social media.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja.
Mohammed observed that social media was used wrongly to cause mayhem in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has budgeted N250m for engagements with foreign media, influencers, bloggers, local media practitioners and public relations in 2021.
This is according to the 2021 budget proposal which is before the National Assembly.
According to the budget proposal, N79.2m will be spent on “quarterly interaction with foreign media and PR lobby”.
About N70.3m was also earmarked for the facilitation of ministerial media appearances for the “36 ministers, influencers and analysts on radio and television as well as social media and print media.”
The ministry also set aside N94.4m for institutional interactions with stakeholders such as Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nigeria Guild of Editors, bloggers, online publishers and weekly ministerial briefings.