Fake news has been described as information that is inimical to economic growth, capable of causing disorder between Government and the governed, hence the need to be cautious and always distinct all news before sharing, particularly on social media.
Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alh. Abdulwaheed Odusile stated this at the Centenary celebration lecture of Diocese of Egba St. Peter’s African church, Fidiwo in Remo area of the state.
Represented by the Director of Information, Public Enlightenment, Mr. Sam Oyeleye, Odusile noted that ‘’fake news is capable of distorting mutual understanding between the government and the people’’, advising people to distance themselves from it, to avoid breakdown of law and order in the society.
He urged people to be wary in reacting to any news, especially those spread on social media, which he regarded as fake most times, saying ‘’it is inimical to the cohesion of the country and capable of truncating good governance.
“Be wary to believe any news, especially on social media, cultivate the habit of discerning any news, differentiate between fake and genuine news and establish the truth before sharing such news.
“In Ogun State, our doors are open to confirm the information and get authentic news about activities of the government. Always look at the source of information before sharing’’, the Commissioner urged.
In his sermon, titled “Beware of Believing a Lie”, the Special Adviser to the Governor on communication, Hon. Remmy Hazzan, said ‘’liar ultimately destroy those who believe them, urging people to dissociate themselves from fake news, always apply sense and verify every news before sharing.
Hon. Hazzan explained that, the present administration is desirous of making impact to ensure meaningful development in every part of the State, saying, ‘’constructive criticism is always welcome to have an idea of what the people desire and for government to do the needful’’.
In his address, Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo, represented by the Director of Mass Transit, Engr. Wale Sokunbi, advised people to always speak positively, as ‘’there is power in the tongue’’, urging them to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
In his closing remark, Revd. Canon Ebenezer Opabiyi lauded efforts of the Dapo Abiodun led administration at ensuring wellbeing of the people, encouraging government to do more.