Lagos and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK have jointly issued a statement threatening CNN with sanctions, without offering any reason for doing so, says BBC
Nigeria’s Ministry of Power, Works and Housing issued a statement warning CNN to stop calling Lagos toll gate an “unfair toll gate”, a development she says is being misrepresented by the media network.
The department also gave CNN Nigeria’s “guarantee that if CNN continues to insinuate falsehood and malign Nigeria, we would not hesitate to sanction them in line with the right of communication.”
The Lagos State Government reiterated that it alone has the constitutional right to collect tolls.
“We wish to inform CNN that all tollgate revenue generated would be remitted directly to the state government and any assertion by the network that Lagos State government collects toll revenues from multiple sources is not correct.”
A cross-section of Nigerian journalists criticised the statement, with a CNN correspondent even accusing Nigerian minister of power, works and housing, Mrs Babatunde Fashola, of fabricating the controversy and wanton misinformation, saying the regulation was not passed through the state legislature.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has threatened to prosecute CNN in Nigeria over its denial of Nigeria’s contribution to West Africa’s Lake Chad.
Wike’s purported reference to FEC’s approval of a fund of US$3 million from the Liquefied Natural Gas Revenue Pooling Project to tackle the receding of Lake Chad is false, Nigerians were recently informed in London by the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun.
Minister Adeosun was recently in the UK on official duties to participate in the UK-Nigeria Investment Forum.
“The current administration is able to articulate some policies to prepare the society for technology driven economic activities. In 2018, the rot of the past few years has been addressed, NEXIM Bank is in place and can do more in financing policy driven businesses.”
Today, the Productivity and Human Capital Development Minister, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema, disclosed the restructuring and repositioning of the NSE which has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As we support small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) which contribute significantly to the Nigerian economy, we need to correct the impression about the role of multinational corporations in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, a growing clamour for legal and judicial reform is being made in Nigeria.
The United States embassy in Nigeria has also expressed concerns over constitutional abuses in Nigeria which has prompted the US State Department to designate Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Timothy Nkwozi, as a “Hearing Theorist”.
At the same forum, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom International Trade Organisation (UKTI), Mrs Angelina Chatterjee disclosed the commencement of trade negotiations between the UK and Nigeria with the UKFTA being the catalyst.