The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said nation-building and national transformation would continue to be a mirage without carrying all segments of the society along.
Mohammed said this in his keynote address at the 2021 Annual Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Lecture held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, “There is no denying the fact that nation-building and national transformation would continue to be a mirage without carrying along all segments of the society.”
The minister then trumpeted ‘deliberate policies’ that had been instated by the current administration, which would drive unity and pride among Nigerians.
He said, “Since this administration came in, there have been deliberate policies and programmes to ensure inclusiveness, with a view to taking Nigeria into an era in which every citizen will not just feel a sense of belonging, but a pride that they have a country that truly belongs to them and cares for them.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has been so passionate about creating lasting structures and institutions that will drive inclusive social protection beyond the tenure of his administration”.
As examples of the new developments that the Buhari-led government have championed, he mentioned the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
“In addition, it created the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), headed by an Executive Secretary from the community of Persons with Disabilities, in the person of Mr James David Lalu.
“Another significant step came in January 2019 with the ratification of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, which has become a major plank towards ensuring Inclusive Social Protection in the country,” he said.
He also noted the provision of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme and the Government Enterprising and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), among others.