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During the tour, Labaran Maku led a team of journalists, and top government officials on a visit of projects. It commenced with visits to five projects in the FCT and inspection of various development projects that are being executed by the Jonathan administration. Labaran Maku said the tour would expose Nigerians to the achievements recorded within the period.
Another major objective of the tour is to entrench the principles of accountability and good governance and to show people the practical efforts being made by government to better the life of Nigerians.
The minister of information has evolved several platforms to bridge the communication gap between the people and the government. It could be recalled that last year, he organized a ministerial platform where all ministers gave account of their stewardship within one year in office. It equally had members of the public in attendance to ask questions.
However, several views have been shared by Nigerians on the necessity or otherwise of the projects tour. Making reference to a similar tour 11 years ago by a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, analysts said government performance was only in pages of newspapers. Many criticised that tour, described in some quarters as “cash-and-carry” assessment where hundreds of millions of naira was spent in a 30-state tour. There was some too who felt the whole exercise was a ‘charade’ and an anointing service for second term seeking governors, and a clandestine way to discrediting and running down the opposition governors and those who were not in the good books of government.