Following measures in fighting fake news, hate speech and banditry in Nigeria, it has been reported that the Federal Government has allocated the sum of N104,532,705 to its cause.
According to reports, this was disclosed in the 2022 appropriation budget obtained on the website of the budget office of Nigeria.
Reports also had it that the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had earlier stated that the country has constantly been in the war against perpetrators of fake news and hate speech.
According to him, Nigeria has 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 also made it known 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.
According to reports, N55,642,215 would be used for “Special enlightenment campaign on Government’s Programmes and policies, testimonial series to gauge impact of government policies on the citizenry in the budget.
The budget also disclosed that the sum of N48,890,490 would be used for “quarterly interaction with foreign media, PR lobby”.