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FG seeks effective digital engagement for MDAs



The Federal Government has stressed the need for effective digital engagement by the government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) because of the immense potential it offers in effective government-citizen engagement.



Speaking at a stakeholder roundtable on digital rights and digital engagement organised by Paradigm Initiative, Facebook and PODE, the Head of Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE), Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, said the need to deepen digital engagement remains a big priority for the government.


The roundtable held in Lagos recently brought together stakeholders from government agencies, the private sector and the civil society. The forum provided an engaging atmosphere for a lively debate on issues affecting Internet freedom and digital engagement by government agencies in Nigeria. Issues discussed at the roundtable include data privacy and protection, law enforcement, libel, fake news, and digital engagement by the government.



Also speaking at the event, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga Sesan, emphasised the need for continuous conversation between stakeholders in the private sector, civil society and the government on digital rights issues in Nigeria.


“Digital right issues are far too important to our democracy and it is crucial that we engage in conversation with security agencies and public servants on how we can ensure freedom of people online while keeping the nation and citizens safe,” he said.


Public Policy Manager, Africa of Facebook, Akua Gyeke, said, “Facebook is an important platform for political conversation in Nigeria, and we are happy to be a part of this. Facebook is dedicated to keeping people safe online, foster civility and responsible behaviour and promoting free expression and sharing.”


Meanwhile, Ogunlesi, who led the conversation on a proposed Digital Engagement Policy for Federal Government, said that his office was working hard on creating digital engagement standards that would guide all government offices in their use of digital tools to ensure effective communication with the public.

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