Here is Lai Mohammed’s defense on N13m loan

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has defended his request for N13 million from the NBC to facilitate a trip to China.

The request was made public when a memo written by NPD Dama, the Director of Public Relations and Protocol, of the Ministry requesting for the said funds was leaked from the office of the NBC.

Defending his request, Lai Mohammed on Radio Continental Programme on Thursday, May 14 said: “Nigeria was invited to the International Conference on Tourism and a memo was raised to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for special advisers, directors, other key officials and I to attend the conference.

“In fact, I have a personal invitation from the Information Minister of China. So, we decided to obtain a loan from NBC, one of the parastatals of our ministry, a loan which will be paid back, of course. I am surprised that this has become a subject in the public domain.”

He chided the people who leaked the memo saying they were making a story out of nothing and further said: “While we are waiting for the appropriate head to have the money you can go to any of your parastatals and ask, and when we are funded we return the money.”

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