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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.

Ayorinde said his ministry was working with the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Communications, to involve those living in rural areas in governance.

He spoke on Monday while receiving members of the state House of Assembly Committee on Information and Strategy who paid a courtesy visit to the ministry in line with their oversight functions.

He said, “This ministry has been in the forefront of harnessing all means of communication in order to reach out to Lagosians in all parts of the state. This is in addition to its robust online platforms to engage a critical segment of the people. No state government, as well as the Federal Government, can boast formidable online followers like the Lagos State Government.

“Plans have already been concluded to equip the communication outfits of the state government, 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 country.”

The commissioner said grass roots mobilisation 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.

He commended the government for the state-of-the-art equipment purchased for the Traffic Radio Station and called for similar gesture to other agencies.

Buraimoh expressed confidence in the leadership of the ministry, describing the commissioner and the permanent secretary as capable leaders who would bring about desired changes in information management in the state.

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