The permanent secretary, federal ministry of information and culture, Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe, has called for renewed efforts to create awareness on the achievements of the federal government.
Deaconess Gekpe made the call on Wednesday, January 30, when she hosted a delegation from the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), led by its acting director-general, Mr. D. I Arabi in her office in Abuja.
Mr Arabi was at the ministry to present the BPSR award to the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was unavoidably absent but represented by Deaconess Gekpe.
Recall that the ministry came tops at the 2018 evolution result of the federal government scorecard for ranking websites of federal public institutions released by the BPRS in December 2018.
Speaking at the brief event, Deaconess Gekpe said Nigerians need to know about the achievements of the Buhari-led administration and the reforms carried out by the government.
According to her, a lot of people don't know about the government's achievements, even as she called for sustained efforts to inform the populace about government's programmes and ensure citizens participation in governance.
On the award, the excited permanent secretary thanked the BPSR for recognizing the ministry's hard-work, promising that they would keep up the good work to remain at the top.
She said: “The initiative is a way of encouraging the us to do more. I am sure MDAs that didn't win will put in more effort to win next year.
“I am so glad that my ministry came tops and we would continue to work with the BPSR going forward.
“People want to know the reforms done by government. A lot of people don't know about the government's achievements. This is why we improving on our website.
“We hope that other MDAs will learn from us and improve on their websites in the coming year and beyond.”
Speaking earlier, the BPSR boss congratulated the ministry of information for its professionalism and dedication to its duties as the federal government's mouthpiece.
He expressed optimism that other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will learn from the ministry and make efforts to improve their websites in 2019.
He revealed that the criteria used for selecting the best websites, includes; appearance and aesthetics, relevance to the MDAs mandate or government policy, structure, security, load time and ease of navigation.
Other criteria he listed are responsiveness, availability, functionality, ease of navigation, interactivity, accessibility and capacity building.
Meanwhile, ahead of the presidential election, an independent campaign platform which cuts across party, civil society groups, ethnic and religious leanings has unveiled its plans to embark on massive grassroots campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was made known in a press briefing held in Abuja recently by Alhaji Abdulkarim Dayyabu, alongisde Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state who is the chairman of the group.
The group known as Forward With Buhari, says President Muhammadu Buhari remains the best man for the job of moving Nigeria forward.
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