The Federal government is ready to launch a new app that will help give out information about all the activities of the government to Nigerians. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday announced that the app which will be called the Federal Government Information App (FGIAPP), will be launched in Abuja on 15 Dec. 2016.
He made the announcement at a meeting with Resident Information Officers (RIOs) from Ministries, Departments and Agencies ahead of the launch.
According to him, the Information App will be leveraging on Social Media to communicate government’s policies and programmes to the people anywhere in the world and on real time basis. “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” he 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.
He 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.