President Bola Tinubu has changed the name of the Ministry of Information and Culture to the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, according to the minister in charge, Mohammed Idris.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Idris said the president gave him the mandate to reorient Nigerians to recover our sense as a nation and to promote the core values of patriotism, honesty, and transparency.
He said, “President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ is to take Nigeria to an enviable height among the committee of nations and change the negative narrative about the country.
“He charged me with the responsibility to ensure that Nigerians are reoriented within the few years that we are here, so that, at least, we can recover our sense as a nation and begin to go in the right direction.
“It is a great challenge. You know that moral decadence is not among the youths only but among the entire social strata of the country.
“I think that is why the president renamed the Ministry of Information and Culture to Ministry of Information and National Orientation.
“It means the president wants to put the issues of orientation and reorientation on the front burner,” Idris said.
He added that Tinubu is vigorously promoting the virtues of patriotism, honesty, and transparency as part of his administration’s agenda.
“He has given us a marching order to see that those values are promoted and put on the front burner and disseminated to the majority of Nigerians for the good of all”.
The minister also said that his ministry would collaborate with other agencies such as the National Orientation Agency and the Nigerian Television Authority to carry out public enlightenment campaigns on various issues affecting the nation.
He said that his ministry would also leverage on social media platforms and other digital channels to reach out to Nigerians, especially the youths, and engage them in constructive dialogue.
He appealed to Nigerians to support the president’s vision and join hands in building a new Nigeria that is prosperous, peaceful, and united.