Government to launch Information App

Solomon Chung, Abuja

The Federal Government Information App, FGIAPP, will be launched in Abuja on December 15, as part of efforts to enhance the dissemination of government activities.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced this in Abuja, at a meeting with Resident Information Officers, RIOs from Ministries, Departments and Agencies ahead of the launch.

Connecting the world
Mohammed says government is leveraging the New Media to communicate government’s policies and programmes to the people anywhere in the world and on real time basis with the Information App.

“As a government and as Information Ministry, we 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,” Mohammed said.

According to him, 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.

Mohammed stressed on the essence of rich content to make the App viable, saying the necessary training and working tools will be provided for the RIOs, to build their capacity and ensure effective contributions from their respective Ministries, Departments
and Agencies.

Credible information
The Director, Information Technology in the Ministry, Mrs. Veronica Adeyemo explained that the App would be a cache of timely and credible information that would drive the authentic narrative from the side of the government.

The App Developer, Mr. Olawole Falope, said it would 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 starts to speak and we have to speak to the world,”  he said.

He added that most of the information being put out about Nigeria was either false or outrightly fabricated, hence the need for the government to reverse the ugly trend.

Mercy Chukwudiebere