The Nigerian Government has launched a new app called the Federal Government of Nigeria Information App (FGN IAPP). The app is designed to provide relevant and authentic real-time information from the Nigerian government to Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, as well as the rest of the world.
To me, this is a very timely and accurate launch as it is coming at a time when this country is evolving from a ‘mobile first’ to a ‘mobile only’ phone. Presently, the number of people using a smartphone – particularly android – has far outnumbered the desktop users tremendously.
I guess it was a very calculated move by the Federal government who want to tap into the population resources which our dear country Nigeria possesses.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had this to say:
“The Federal government will not allow the media space to be dominated by those who are daily working to discredit the federal government and obfuscate its achievements.”
Based on the statement above, I am inclined to believe that the government wants to have its own media propaganda tool so as to control the news and by extension the people at least to a certain extent. Come to think of it, in a situation where the government actually faults, would it also be made known to the general public? I for one do not think so.
But if we are to take their word for it, they will send “undiluted and factual information directly to Nigerians and bring about a paradigm shift in the way the government communicates with the citizens by ensuring that authentic and real-time information is delivered directly to them, irrespective of their location.”
As much as I feel their motive isn’t clear enough, I still want to commend them for a job well done, a thought in the right direction, engaging in technological advancement and most importantly, the creation and launching of the newest media propaganda tool – until proven otherwise.
Do you want to download the app? Pls go here.. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.owfgroup.fgnapp&hl=en
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