The federal government at the weekend in Abuja urged Africans not to trust western media when they report negative happenings on the continent.
The minister and deputy chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, made the call while welcoming the member countries of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) to its 51st meeting in Abuja.
Commending the delegates for shunning all attempts made by western the media to scare them away from coming to Nigeria, Usman said by now Africans should have learnt not trust the western media in the way they report the continent.
“As you can see the entire country is not engulfed in war where everybody scamper for safety. Yes, we have challenges but the government is resting on its oars in trying to solve them. In any case, this is not peculiar to this country because there hardly any country today without this kind of challenges,” he said.
Justifying the establishment of IDEP 51 years ago, the minister commended the institute for delivering on its mandate, saying it had championed manpower development on the continent since its establishment.
Speaking earlier, the chairman, governing council of the institute, Abdoulie Janneh, commended the member countries for making their financial contribution to the institute promptly, saying Nigeria had never paid in arrears.
He appealed to member countries to make available enough facility in the institute to match the growing number of its trainees.
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