Foreign media plot to embarrass Nigeria – Minister

Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation

The supervising Minister of Information, Edem Duke, has alleged of a plot by a section of the foreign media to put Nigeria in bad light.

He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while inaugurating the newly appointed Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Sampson Worlu.

Mr. Duke, who is also the minister of culture, noted that many people around the world depend on western media for information about Nigeria which most times do not represent the authentic story.

Stating that VON is the flagship of Nigeria’s communication to the world, the minister charged Mr. Worlu and the management of the organisation to ensure the sustenance and improve on the tempo of reportage of the nation to the international community.

He also charged the new DG to approach his duty with the spirit of team work and comradeship so that VON would be in a position to positively change the narrative of Nigeria and convey the truth about the nation to international audience including Nigerians in the Diaspora.

In his response, Mr. Worlu said VON is and will continue to be the authentic platform to project Nigeria.

“We have suffered for too long of waiting for other people report us,” he said. “It will be part of my duty to ensure that we tell the Nigerian story by ourselves.”

The DG promised to see that VON is pushed up and to make the organisation the real and authentic source of news about Nigeria by integrating the new media into what is already being done.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on March 4 approved the appointment of Mr. Worlu as the new Director General of VON following the retirement of Abubakar Jijiwa who had held sway in the organisation for 10 year.

Until the appointment, the new VON DG had served in various critical and strategic positions.

A first class graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Mr. Worlu, who hails from River State, once served as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Economic and Strategic Matter between 2010 and 2011. He had served as Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Economics and Bi-National Matters between 2009 and 2010.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Worlu, 55, was Minister-Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Nigeria, Rome, Italy, having served in the same embassy as minister counsellor from 2003 to 2005. Before this time, he was speech writer and head of public relations, Office of the First Lady from 1999 to 2003.

The new DG has been decorated and honoured with dozens of awards for his boldness, diligence, commitment and patriotism some of which include Director General’s Award for Exemplary Service, 2002; Director General’s Award for Dedication, Discipline and Courage, 2003; Special Presidential Commendation for Meritorious Service to Motherland among several others


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  • tundemash

    A govt. of rogues living under siege mentality ! No hiding for crooks .

  • amazing2012

    Are the foreign media also in opposition ? Shamed !!

  • absam777

    Now the secret is out. Any one seen wearing the popular South-South hat must be clueless. This Duke guy like Jonathan always talk rubbish.

  • Adrusa

    Who listens to Voice of Nigeria? Waste of resources!

  • Uchendu Mela

    This news is more authentic. Sahara lied earlier that the man’s only qualification was that he served patience Jonathan as Speech writer. From this report the new DG was a career for years, served as Adviser to Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan before this new appointment. I think he is most qualified to handle the job of reporting Nigeria to the world. Kudos to GEJ for making the right choice

  • Uchendu Mela

    This news is more authentic. Sahara had earlier today said that the man’s only qualification for the appointment was that he served patience Jonathan as Speech Writer but from this story, it shows that the new VON DG was a career diplomat, retied after 27 years of best quality service to the nation/ He went on to serve under Obasanjo from 1999 as Special Adviser, served under Yar’Adua as Special Adviser and under Jonathan ass Special Adviser. He is therefore more than qualified to head VON and bring positive changes to the organisation. Kudos to GEJ for making the right choice

    • u believe sharia reporters u can believe anything that comes out of the mouth of tinubu ati buhari

  • Simeon

    This person duke is a minister? Not a surprise since Jonathan is incapable of getting brilliant minds to be minister. We have woke, edema duke, obanikoro all criminals and 419s. What a shame

  • OmoLasgidi

    Another Thug trying to appear intelligent. When there are accomplished and renowned Nigerian professionals? We Nigerians need to let these misfits and shady characters know that we are not dullards and should stop spewing these rubbish to our hearing – enough is enough – with what the Nigerian Government has spent on VON, NTA etc etc. What good story does Nigeria have to tell? Citizens are suffering, one of the most corrupt nations in the world, oil theft, Boko Haram, Last minute election postponement, School closures, collapsing Naira etc etc

  • Moe

    So Duke is Minister of information (and also Minister of culture…whatever that means) and VON is a state sponsored news agency??

    Does any person in Jonathan’s administration have the capacity to think rationally?? Do they not know that a state sponsored news agency emanates nothing but the bullshit their sponsors approve?t
    Does Duke not understand the implications of his statement when he said ““It will be part of my duty to ensure that we tell the Nigerian story by ourselves.”??????

    These folks should thank God that I am not running for office, else…after conviction, they will be locked up in prison for so long that they will forget their own names and start referring to themselves as their prisoner Identification number.
    “Hey…553432, how you dey?”
    “ah ah…77227, I thought you were released months ago, anyways, I dey kamkpe”
    “Good to hear from you 553432, , I must have mistaken 665656’s release as yours..

    “nothing spoil, we are all in this together…..etc etc

  • Rommel

    Since the government of Nigeria is churning out untruths,half truths and outright lies,who will believe their mouthpiece?

  • Arabakpura

    Just make sure to clarify with the authorities before reporting anything so that it will not be like the Morocan misadventure; that’s the part reason the world does not take us seriously!

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