The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye has tasked media practitioners, as managers of information, to always double check the source of their stories before publishing them, so as to prevent the spread of fake news in the country.
Adeneye made this call in Kaduna while speaking with newsmen, at the 47th meeting of the National Council on Information (NCI), with the theme “Tackling Fake News and Hate Speech to Enhance Peace and National Unity”.
The Commissioner pointed out that the spread of fake news and hate speeches have become a national issue, which require the collaboration of all stakeholders to curb, particularly now that the 2019 general elections are around the corner.
Speaking on the use of social media in this regard, Adeneye tasked Nigerians who are fast becoming citizen journalists, to always be wary of the news they spread through the various social media platforms, as experience had shown that the platforms can be used as, either weapons of mass development or destruction.
He assured that his ministry would continue to make use of existing infrastructure and evolve new strategies to keep the populace adequately informed about activities of the State government, to check fake news and deepen the tenets of democracy and good governance.
The Commissioner pointed out that the Ministry had among other measures, continued to produce the daily OGIS bulletin, Ogun Update, a monthly production which was being circulated throughout the state and beyond, to keep the people informed.