The Federal Government has urged the media professionals to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against fake news and misinformation in the country to enhance good governance and national unity.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF Boss Mustapha gave the advice in Abuja at a one-day training on “Communication Managers on Fake News and Hate Speech” organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
Boss Mustapha, represented by the Director, Public Affairs Department in the office of SGF, Mrs. Veronica Agugu who described fake news as false and misleading information presented as news under the guise of media called on media practitioners to assist in bridging the gap between governments and citizens in terms of implementation of government reform policies and programs.
Açcording to him “Strengthening transparency in governance will require the public sector to public communication as a tool to systematically raise citizens’ awareness which in turn would reduce the potency of hate speech in the country.
In a remark the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Dasuki Arabi said the training was aimed at tackling the growing incidences of fake news, and hate speech occasioned by internet technology in the country.
Dr. Arabi reiterated the commitments of his agency in the fight against fake news which is inimical to the growth of the country through effective collaboration with stakeholders.
Also, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano State, Dr. Bala Muhammed urged the journalists to unite against fake news and misinformation to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
Dr. Muhammad said that most of the users of social media were not media literate; hence they easily fall for fake news and misleading the public.
Reporting by Hassan Hussain, editing by Abdullahi Lamino