The Lagos State Government says it is making efforts to expand the reach of government information to residents in rural areas.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the state government would explore all its communication outfits to ensure that those in the inland parts of the state were well informed about the activities of the government.
The commissioner further stressed that his ministry is working closely with the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Communications, to include those living in the rural areas in governance.
He made this statement on Monday when he received members of the state’s assembly committee on Information and Strategy who paid him a courtesy visit with their oversight functions.
”The ministry has been leading in the race to disseminate information to all Lagosians in all parts of the state, this is addition to its robust online platforms to engage a large sum of people. Lagos State has the highest online followers in Nigeria” he added.
He said ”we’ve concluded plans to beef up the communication outfits in the state especially the broadcast media, to meet up with growing trends in the industry and reposition them to compete at par with leading broadcast organisations across the nation”.
The commissioner said grass roots mobilization would be improved upon, adding that the cultural heritage, norms and belief system of the inland dwellers, would be showcased to the outside world through the various communication platforms.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Tunde Buraimoh, who led the delegation, said the visit was part of the oversight duties of the committee, adding that similar visits had been made to other parastatals and agencies under the ministry.