Nigeria will launch Federal Government Information App (FGIAPP) on Dec. 15, as part of efforts to enhance the dissemination of government activities.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, unveiled the planned launch said on Friday at a meeting with Resident Information Officers (RIOs) from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
He said with the Information App, the government would leverage on the New Media to communicate government’s policies and programmes to the people all over the world.
“We as a government and as Information Ministry will leverage on the unique technology to inform the world about what we are doing.
“With the new App, it means anybody anywhere in the world will get to know, real time, what is happening in Nigeria at least from our own perspective and narrative,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
He said the activities of the present administration are hugely under-reported, hence the need to align with the global trend in information sharing.
“The information architecture has changed completely…Today, the story is very different because we have the New Media, and unless you show a very strong presence there, you are not communicating to the world,” the Minister said.
The minister stressed the essence of rich content to make the App viable, and said the necessary training and working tools will be provided for the RIOs in order to build their capacity and ensure effective contributions from their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
In her remarks, the Director of Information Technology in the ministry, Mrs. Veronica Adeyemo, said the App will be a cache of timely and credible information that will drive the authentic narrative from the side of the government.
The App Developer, Mr. Olawole Falope, said it will be another veritable platform for Nigeria to blow its trumpet.
“The truth is if you heard only one side of the story, you make your decisions based on just one side. It’s about time that our great nation Nigeria starts to speak and we have to speak to the world,” he said.
He noted that most of the information being put out about Nigeria is either false or outrightly fabricated, hence the need for the government to reverse the ugly trend.