FG To Launch Information App Dec 15

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government Information Application, FGIAPP, will be launched in Abuja on December 15, 2016, as part of efforts to enhance the dissemination of government activities.

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

He said that with the introduction of the application, the federal 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.

“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,” 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.

Mohammed stressed the essence of rich content to make the App viable, adding that necessary training and working tools will be provided for the RIOs in order to build their capacity and ensure effective contributions from their respective MDAs.



    Also, Director of Information Technology in the ministry, Veronica Adeyemo, said that 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, 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 fabricated, hence the need for the government to reverse the ugly trend.

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