IPC Introduces New Mobile Strategy to Lagos Communities

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Oluwafunke Lasisi

The International Press Centre (IPC) has introduced a new mobile strategy to assist on the ongoing community development in six local government areas in Lagos State to get quick information on social welfare and needs in the society.

The mobile strategy 3-2-1, which is a customer call Centre called Mobile Governance Outreach (MGO) to get information on issues concerning communities’ welfare and families, was disclosed in Yaba recently.

There, Media Assistant, IPC, Mr. Sanmi Falobi said the strategy is to add to the Centre’s effort and training on the ongoing community development in six local government areas in Lagos reducing their stress due to attending to communities and thereby finding a helping hand in enlightening other communities on how they can acquire their social welfare and needs from any tier of government.

He said the strategy would also be very useful to women and children because it would give directions as to what women have to do and how they can live without being abused and exposed to domestic violence.

The 3-2-1 Mobile Governance Outreach is said to get information on good governance, rights, election, budget, nutrition, healthy living, water, sanitation, hygiene, family planning, news and entertainment among others.

Falobi educated communities on how they can make use of the mobile strategy ‘3-2-1’ by dialing the number to listen to voice mail and follow instructions being given, which is only restricted to Airtel line.

He therefore urged all communities’ members to take advantage of all they have been taught from the beginning of the development process and be able to enlighten other underdeveloped communities through creating awareness on how they can go about developing and getting their rights from the government.

He mentioned that the sponsors of the programme UKAID, ActionAid and World Association Christian Communication (WACC) have given a timeline of six months to communities in the six local government such as such Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Amuwo Odofin, Shomolu, Ikorodu and Ifako-Ijaiye to give feedback on their progress and performance so as they can be rest assured the communities will educate other areas and they can move to other States to do the same.