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Ex-minister Lai Mohammed gets international lobbying job

Ex-minister Lai Mohammed gets international lobbying job

Lai Mohammed, former minister of information and culture has been appointed as managing partner of Ballard Partners, an international lobbying firm.

Ballard Partners, one of the top government relations firms in the United States, announced in a statement that it is opening its first office in Africa in Abuja where Mohammed will serve as the Managing Partner and the firm’s satellite office in Lagos.

“Opening our first African office in Nigeria expands our firm’s international footprint to three continents and builds upon the important work we have done on behalf of African nations and companies in Africa and the U.S.,” Brian Ballard, the firm’s President and Founder was quoted saying in the statement.

“We are honoured to have former Minister Lai Mohammed join the firm as our Managing Partner in Nigeria. He has a long record of public service and is one of the most respected officials in the country. His outstanding reputation and exceptional experience will be invaluable to our firm’s clients.”

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“Mohammed has been the voice of national progressive politics and governance for the last twenty-five years. For the last eight years as Minister of Information and Culture between 2015 and 2023 Minister Mohammed has served as the spokesperson, reputation manager and information management strategist-in-chief of Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy.

“He is the first two term Minister of Information and Culture in the history of Nigeria. In 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari conferred Mohammed with one of the nation’s highest honors, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for service to the country. Since the advent of Nigeria’s fourth republic in 1999, Mohammed played key roles in the political life of his country as Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Executive Governor of Lagos, National Spokesperson for the Opposition for over a decade (2005- 2015) and as a candidate for the Governorship of Kwara State in the 2003 General Elections”, he said.

Responding, Mohammed expressed his delight to join Ballard Partners and to open the firm’s first office in Africa,

“I am very pleased to ” Mohammed said. “Ballard Partners has an impeccable reputation internationally and is well known for its success representing African countries and American firms in Africa. The opportunities in Nigeria are substantial and I look forward to helping the firm’s clients achieve their objectives”, he added.