The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed dismay over the level of decay of infrastructure and moribund machineries in the Federal Government Press, Lagos.
Mohammed, who paid a working visit to the establishment on Monday, said its depressing state was a consequence of many years of corruption, maladministration and impunity.
He said the press established 103 years ago did not reflect in capacity, environment and infrastructure what a properly maintained and managed government asset should be.
Mohammed said that the press which was established for the purpose of production of government printed materials as well as commercial printing, had become a shadow of itself.
“It is my belief that what we are witnessing today is as a result of many years of corruption, neglect and impunity.
“While I was going round for inspection, one thing came to mind that what we are suffering today was because those who were at the helm of affairs sometimes ago were not patriotic.
“They ordered and accepted substandard equipment and machineries even when the government paid for brand new ones, the consequence is what we are all suffering today,” the minister added.
The minister, however, assured that hope was not lost because the administration would ensure a resuscitation of the establishment.
“As depressing as the visit might be in terms of absence of infrastructure and obsolete equipment, the good news is that it gives us the impetus to seek for a new and improved government printing press.
“We will look beyond a quick fix and ensure a root and branch restructuring, re-organisation and rebuilding of this place.
“Therefore, I have asked the Government Printer to bring to me a comprehensive proposal to achieve this but this is not a project that will be done in a very short time.