Nigeria launches information app

Solomon Chung, Abuja

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said the government will continue to evolve innovative ways of ensuring that there is no communication gap between the government and the people.
 
He also said the government has discovered that through distortion of messages and other information,” opposition elements and beneficiaries of corruption” were trying to fight the government.
Mohammed revealed this in Abuja on Thursday during the launch of the Federal Government of Nigeria Information App.
According to the Minister, Nigeria as a country and her people will not leave the public space for naysayers, instead, he said, the government and the people will occupy center stage and provide timely, valuable and authentic information to Nigerians both at home and in diaspora as well as the rest of the world.
” 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. 
That explains why, in addition to using the conventional and the Social Media, we introduced the Town Hall Meeting to reach out to the people.”
Leverage
According to Mohammed, the introduction of this App is in line with his pledge, on
assumption of office to leverage the unique power of Information and Culture to drive the Change Agenda of the present Administration, with the view to ensuring that Nigerians take ownership of the agenda to bring about a paradigm shift in the way things are conducted.
 
“It is also in line with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, to lead in the management of the image and reputation of the people and policies of the federal government of Nigeria through a professional and dynamic public Information system that facilitates access by citizens and the global community to credible and timely information about our nation.”
When downloaded, the FGN IAPP will give access to factual and real time information on the activities of the Federal Government of Nigeria. There are also a host of value-added services, the Minister stated.
“Nigerian can now access the Tender Journal that is published twice a month to announce available government jobs. This is revolutionary in the sense that it will enable more people, irrespective of their locations, to bid for government jobs.

Another value-added service is the ”Be Inspired” section. This 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 the Feedback Section that allows anyone so interested to make his or her feelings known about any government policy or programmes, plus those seeking government jobs can now have information about genuine vacancies in the public service.
Mohammed then reeled out some the governments achievements that some opposition elements want to wished away.
“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, 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.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of L-CUBE,Nigeria Limited, the company in-charge of the  FGNiAPP software development Mr. Olawale Falope said it is extremely important for the Nigerian government and people to tell their own narrative in the best way possible.
According to him, the global community feeds on and works with information that is put out there regardless of who puts it and as such if Nigeria doesn’t tell its stories, “some other persons would say it on their behalf which could be dangerous.”