Nigerian Senate tasks public information managers on fake news

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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Nigerian Senate has challenged the country’s public information managers to find effective ways of combating the menace of fake news which has become the order of the day.

Senate spokesman, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye gave the charge at an interactive session between the Agencies under the information and national orientation ministry, and the Senate committee oversighting them.

Senator Adeyeye advised the public information managers to creatively find ways of managing Information in this age of social media & proliferation of fake news. He also urged government to do more to encourage the National Orientation Agency, to enable them function more effectively.

A member of the information and National orientation committee of the Senate, Senator Adeyeye also Challenged some of the agencies to live up to their responsibilities in the area of revenue generation for the government.

Senator Adeyeye also advocated for establishment of more film institutes in the country to boost the capacity of film makers in all categories of movie production.

According to him, “establishing film institutes in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria will help realise government’s desire for improved capacity in the industry while also expanding the frontiers for more revenue”.

The Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  while appreciating the Senators’ understanding of the New challenges facing information managers in recent times, noted that the government agencies are doing great jobs considering their present circumstances.

Lai Mohammed also informed the Lawmakers that the government had initiated various moves in four different directions, to save Nigeria from the attempted scamming of Nigeria by some people using P&ID to perpetrate their evil act.

All the chief executives of the agencies buttressed the point highlighted by the minister as they took their turn to enlighten the Senators on the real issues affecting information management in today’s Nigeria.

The various Agencies including Voice of Nigeria, are scheduled to appear before the Senate committee as from next week, to defend their budget proposals.

Ime Njoku