Plans are underway by the Federal Government to launch a mobile app for information dissemination which will give real time updates about government’s achievements.
The new information dissemination App which will be launched before the end of the month is intended to bridge the gap by using the social media to “tell the world what the government is doing.’’
The mobile app would go on hand held devices and functional every minute of the day all year round. It is expected to help correct many falsehood and unbalanced stories about the country both in local and foreign media.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while speaking on Thursday, in Abuja, at a meeting with Resident Information Officers (RIOs) in the ministry, adding that the accomplishments of the Muhammadu Buhari regime are under-reported.
Lai Mohammed said:
“The government is doing so much, yet people keep saying they do not know because we are not communicating through the right channel.
“Newspapers are no longer as powerful as they used to be. Before newspaper editorial can bring down a government. Gone are those day when the Sunday Times sold half a million copies in one day.
“But today the new media is the social media and unless you are there and show a very strong presence, you are not communicating to the world.
“We need technology to inform the world on what we are doing and with the new applications every person in the world will get to know what is happening in the country real-time.”
Lai Mohammed said there was the need for the RIOs deployed to all government ministries and parastatal agencies to adopt the use of the social media in disseminating government activities real time.
He urged the RIOs to rise up to the challenge, stressing that they would be the one that would feed the mobile App with stories.
The Minister said the government will organise a workshop, starting with 25 to 30 key ministries and parastatal agencies as pilot scheme before others will be keyed in.