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Nigeria to set up “Council to regulate the use of social media”

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The National Council on Information (NCI) has recommended the “setting up of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria”.

The recommendation is contained in a communique issued at the end of Extraordinary Meeting of NCI on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held on Friday in Jos.

In the communique made available to newsmen on Sunday, the Council recommended the use of stringent measures in checking conventional media and their programmes.

The Council, presided over by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, noted that Social media has no address, and as such vetting and editing posting in social media might be difficult.

The Council recommended that Information managers at the state level should open a website to counter report of any misinformation posted by the social media as quickly as the hate speeches, misinformation and fake news are posted.

It recommended immediate killing of whatever postings on social media assumed or presumed to be hate speeches or fake news or misinformation by the information managers in various states.

The Council noted that social media might take over the 2019 elections because Nigerians had come to rely more and believe the social media over the conventional media.

It directed the Federal and State Ministries of Information to use jingles to promote peace and come up with cartoons on the TV and Newspapers telling the dangers of fake news and hate speeches.

“The collaboration must start with National Orientation Agency and the state governments,” the Council recommended.

The Council underscored the need to start talking to those responsible for law and enforcement of justice to address the issues of citizens taking laws into their hands.

The body also emphasised that “the welfare of the people is paramount, people well fed will listen to their government”.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a keynote address, expressed displeasure over the hate spewed on radio stations across the country which according to him has become alarming.

The Minister said that ​the careless incitement to violence and the level of insensitivity to the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of the country must not be allowed to continue because it is detrimental to the unity and well-being of our country.

The NCI is the highest policy making body for information articulation and delivery in the country.

Delegates to the Council included Heads of Parastatal Agencies in the Federal Ministry of Information and Commissioners for Information in the 36 States.


 

14 Comments

  1. Moniker

    July 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    There is nothing this government is facing that Jonathan and his team didn’t get double for.
    If Uncle Lie thinks the insults are unbearable, let him tell his principal to resign. We have stopped insulting GEJ. They are no longer in the saddle. It is not a do-or-die affair.
    I want to be hated, no one should stop people from hating me.
    You can’t stifle our voice after stifling our wealth.
    EOD, kolewerk

  2. Beautiful

    July 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Bunch of idiots!! As if it’s not the same social media you devils used to propagate all manner of lies and calumny against GEJ… now you can’t even take half of what you dish out!! Don’t worry the day of reckoning is upon you.

  3. Bolaji

    July 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Oh Uncle! Cant insist films ‘consumed in Nigeria are made in Nigeria’ so he brings out a new rule? 🙂 I await the denial after the backlash!

  4. Tracy Edward

    July 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Nigeria people stop condeming everything. Always complaining, so you want hate words, fake news, is that what you guys want? I think it is a welcoming idea. Stop condeming and bring your own good idea that will move the Nation forward. God Bless Nigeria in Jesus Namen Amen.

    • Nonso

      July 25, 2017 at 12:11 am

      It’s not the regulating of so called hate words and fake news, it’s the fact that they want to regulate what they “assume” is fake news. That’s the first step to silencing the voices of Nigerian people.

  5. Bowl

    July 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Shut up, You headless man !

  6. Tracy Edward

    July 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Fight for the good course of the country God gave to us. God on the last day will ask you what have you done with your life. So stop insulting people and use your time to be a blessing. Jesus is coming soon, don´t forget that. God bless Nigeria Amen.

  7. Kimmy

    July 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Everyday different kinds of stories

  8. Liz

    July 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Should that be your priority oga Lai and others when graduates are out there with no jobs. NO regular electricity., unemployment, Housingproblems, poor medical facilities to mention a few. Haba you guys need to borrow yourselves brain !

  9. agu

    July 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Social media monitoring is not really a big news. every country have unite or departments that does that for them but given the fact that Nigeria want to make its own public means two things, an act to intimidate Nigerians on social and two a complete bluff.

    • nnenne

      July 25, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Mr. Agu AKA Ada Nnewi, who are you?
      You are definitely not who you project to be.
      Come out of the closet please?
      I am not fooled! !!
      2019 is not far away anymore. Plenty things are/ will be happening.

  10. Agu

    July 25, 2017 at 3:01 am

    @nnenne hahahaha

  11. Jade

    July 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I try to respect my elders but lai Mohammed is a useless elder. All his years on earth still lacks common sense.
    Isn’t he supposed to grow with wisdom but he’s simply foolish. They should all just disappear, they’ve chop finish what else is left for them on earth.

  12. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    July 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    There you go again honorable Minister of lies. Alhaji Lie Mohammed. A point of correction. Social media has a legitimate address period. Which is traceable should the need arise. You don’t know about the address because you’re not an expert in that field. This goes to support my point that almost everybody present at the NCI meeting were Social media illiterate including yourself lie Mohammed. Let the experts talk on social media. Just my opinion. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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