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Lai Mohammed says Government is Under-Reported | Ministry to Launch App to Communicate Accomplishments in Real time

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government is under reported because its information handlers are not using the right and  current communication channels.

The minister said this on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with Resident Information Officers (RIOs) in the ministry on the forthcoming launch of an information dissemination App.

He said that: “government is doing so much, yet people keep saying they do not know because we are not communicating through the right channel’’.

The minister said that gone were the days when the newspapers and the television stations were the major means of information dissemination.

He said that there was the need for the RIOs deployed to all government ministries and parastatal agencies to adopt the use of the social media in disseminating government activities real time.

“Newspapers are no longer as powerful as they used to be. Before, newspaper editorial can bring down a government. Gone are those day when the ‘Sunday Times’ sold half a million copies in one day.

But today the new media is the social media and unless you are there and show a very strong presence, you are not communicating to the world.

We need technology to inform the world on what we are doing and with the new applications every person in the world will get to know what is happening in the country real time,’’ he said.

The minister said the new app to be launched before the end of the month would bridge the gap by using the social media to “tell the world what the government is doing’’.

He urged  the RIOs to rise up to the challenge, stressing that they would be the one that would feed the app with stories.

He said government will organise workshops starting with 25 to 30 key ministries and parastatal agencies as pilot scheme before others will be keyed in.

Earlier, Veronica Adeyemo, the Director Information Technology in the ministry, said the information apps would go on hand held devices and it would be functional every minute of the day all year round.

Speaking in the same vein, the project consultant, Falope Olawale, said the app would help to correct many falsehood and unbalanced stories about the country in local and foreign media.

6 Comments

  1. Nunulicious

    December 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    What a slow mo!
    It seems he’s finally having an inkling as to the job description of his office after 2 years.

    • #MadeInNaija

      December 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

      You hit the nail on the head. The era of sending press releases to only the print media is gone. FGN/State Governments have to maximize the use of social media. We do not even need app, twitter & facebook are all free and accessible by millions of Nigerians.

  2. mujer

    December 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    A lying multiplicator. he he he

  3. Grammar Police

    December 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    A small percentage of Nigerians – those who walk on the streets, use public transportation, pay for the fuel in the ‘tiger’ generators as opposed to government allocated diesel – that small percentage actually live the REAL Nigerian Reality. The only things underreported here is our despair while the country is run further aground.

    Personally, I’d be glad if the ‘ruling class’ just failed in silence.

  4. Uberhaute looks

    December 9, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Kindly use the money in a profitable venture for Nigeria. We don’t want non functional app at 10 trillion naira

  5. keke driver

    December 9, 2016 at 10:32 am

    If a bag of rice still sells for NGN 23,000 and the average Nigerian cannot afford to buy Pms,Garri etc comfortably then Fvck whatever Economic jargons y’all are gon be uploading up there….Who una Economics epp

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