The Lagos State Government has advocated a vibrant means of communicating government policies to all residents.
In a report by the Punch, it said public information managers would thenceforth adopt citizens’ journalism strategy to enable the government to communicate with and get feedback from Lagosians irrespective of their locations.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Folarin Adeyemi, said on Sunday that the move was contained in a communique issued at the end of a two-day retreat in the FESTAC area of state, involving public relations officers in the service of the state.
Adeyemi said the theme of the retreat, ‘Public Sector Information Management in Challenging Times,’ was chosen to equip officers with the needed skills to communicate government activities to the residents of the state.
He said, “This is a strategy evolved to complement Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s policy of inclusiveness, in which no one would be left behind. Public affairs officers in the service of the state will henceforth use this communication model to disseminate information to the generality of Lagosians located at the grass-roots level, who over the years have complained of inadequate information on the government’s programmes and projects.
“Officers were encouraged to leverage on the availability of the robust online platforms of the state government to regularly upload government programmes from inception to completion stage, due to online platforms’ advantage of reaching more people.”
He added that the development became imperative as a result of the economy run by the state, which had led to the influx of people from across the world.