Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed Photo: Freedom Online

By Ogbolu George with agency report

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, will host a 2-day Annual Round Table for Indigenous Language Newspapers from  May 15 to May 16 at Arewa House in Kaduna.

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In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Joe Mutah, the minister said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State will be the Special Guest of Honour at the Round Table with the theme: ”Nigerian Indigenous Language Newspapers and National Development.”

Mutah said the event is designed to build the capacity of publishers, editors and art correspondents of the indigenous language newspapers.

”The event underscores the relevance of indigenous language newspapers to national development and appreciates their role in the promotion of our cultural heritage.

”The event also emphasises the importance of indigenous language newspapers as a potent tool for information dissemination and grassroots mobilisation.

”It advocates for a synergy between the government and indigenous language newspapers in nation building,” he said.

Mutah said that Senator Mathew Urhoghide, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, will chair the opening ceremony.