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FG’s Information App is Out! We’ll not Allow Naysayers to Discredit Us – Lai Mohammed

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L-R: Chief Technology Officer of L-Cube, Diji Adu, the Chief Executive Officer of L-Cube, Mr. Olawale Wale-Falope, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the launch of the Federal Government of Nigeria Information App (FGN IAPP) in Abuja on Thursday.

L-R: Chief Technology Officer of L-Cube, Diji Adu, the Chief Executive Officer of L-Cube, Mr. Olawale Wale-Falope, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the launch of the Federal Government of Nigeria Information App (FGN IAPP) in Abuja on Thursday.

In its bid to ensure that correct information is dished out in real time, the Federal Government has launched an information App called FGN IAPP.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, formally launched the App on Thursday December 15, 2016, in Abuja.

FGN IAPP

He said that the Federal Government will not allow the media space to be dominated by those who are daily working to discredit it (the government) and obfuscate its achievements.

“We realized early on that in order to get undiluted and factual information directly to the people, we will have to do things differently. This is because those who are opposed to this Administration’s Change Agenda, including the corrupt elements in our society who have chosen to fight the government with their ill-gotten wealth, have taken it upon themselves to distort our messages and obfuscate our activities to give the impression that the government is not doing anything,” Mohammed said.

He said in addition to using the conventional and the Social Media, the government has introduced the Town Hall Meeting that has so far been held in Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Uyo and Abuja and provided a platform for Cabinet Ministers to interact directly with a cross section of Nigerians in a no-holds-barred session.

FGN IAPP

“Honourable Ministers, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we must not allow those the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti referred to as ‘Opposite People’ to stifle the progress that this Administration has made. We must not leave the public space for naysayers,” Mohammed added.

He said contrary to its portrayal in certain circles, the Federal Government is making sure and steady progress.

“A government that has achieved the unprecedented feat of creating 200,000 jobs in one fell swoop cannot be said to have done nothing. A government that has liberated every inch of our occupied territory from Boko Haram and sent the terrorists fleeing should not be portrayed as not doing anything. A government that is surely and steadily making our country self sufficient in staples such as rice and other cereals, a government that has embarked on a massive infrastructural renewal and a government that is boldly tackling an economic recession that was foisted on it by years of profligacy, lack of savings and a sudden crash on oil prices deserves accolades, not vilification,” the Minister said.

FGN IAPP

He listed the value-added services contained in the App as including the Tender Journal that is published twice a month to announce available government contracts, the “Be Inspired” section which makes it possible for any Nigerian, irrespective of his status, age or academic background, to meet top political, business, religious and other leaders. There is also a section to access genuine government job vacancies

The App also has a Feedback Section that allows anyone so interested to make his or her feelings known about any government policy or programmes.

He said the Federal Government will never succumb to the antics of Internet trolls, hack writers and pseudo analysts/experts who work daily to fool unsuspecting Nigerians.

The Federal Government may also be planning to turn the App into a revenue-generating platform as an ad is already on it.

The App Developer, Olawale Wale-Falope, said the App is a one-stop shop where Nigerians can get authentic information on all the three arms of government in real-time.

He said there is too much falsehood about Nigeria and that it’s time for the country to speak out so that the world does not judge it based on a one-sided story.

Other dignitaries at the launch included the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru; Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, and his counterpart in the Health Ministry, Osagie Ehanire.

Click HERE to download the app.

7 Comments

  1. Authentic Sunshine

    December 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Say what you like but Buhari is a far better candidate than Jonathan. In fact no grounds for comparison. Remember Jona’s time it was one bomb blast per week. No….no need to jog your memory, just go back on BN posts. And now, ….although we still get the odd blasts, we hear of the progress made my the army to address the situation.

    In Jona’s time, Nigeria was in total rot and decay from the top. Jona was a puppet and his wife was… let’s say brash and uncouth. The policy then was loot & squander with impunity.

    Anyways Buhari has good intentions. I mean compare his daughter’s wedding to Jona’s. He didn’t have to but he explained how the daughter’s wedding was funded. He has now explained that the recovered looted funds will be injected into next year budget. He is a simple man with a good vision but he lacks a water tight structure to coordinate the country. Also age is not on his side. To rule Nigeria norr be moi moi. It’s overwhelming. But he is giving it his best shots. People will come out to say he is only harassing southerners but what stopped Jona from arresting Northerners in his own regime? And now, this platform to engage with Nigerians. Abeg make we talk true when we see am. I’m Igbo ohh by the way. #Buhariwelldone#. An igbo parable: e to nwa dike o mee ozo. Really hopeful. #rantover#. Back to getting ready for….wink wink

    • nnenne

      December 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Sit down Authentic sunshine! !! Don’t drag Igbo to the dirt! !

  2. Honesty

    December 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    C’mon mr Lailai, all these are not necessary if the govt is truly doing their job. Good work they say speak for itself and u will have nobody to discredit it. We dont need any app for anything, the govt should just do theirjob and Nigerians will see it and applaud them simple.

  3. Franco

    December 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Oh! They must have siphoned millions of naira all in the name of app

  4. Chaimo

    December 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    What has being Igbo got to do with App presentation, please i advise you to comment and stop involving Igbo some other time.

    Nenwe , Enugu Repp

  5. NG

    December 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    We will meet you on your turf dear minister to ‘celebrate’ the loss of millions of job between May last year in key sectors like banking and compare that your to a ballooning of the bureaucracy with 200,000 jobs when minimum wage for those in your employ cannot pay transport fare for the month.

  6. Fleur

    December 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Lying machine 1 is born. I can see this on a timeline of historical events in Nigeria.

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