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INEC to partner NIPR on fake news, staff training

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……INEC to partner NIPR on fake news, staff training

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) have agreed to explore ways to deepen the existing collaboration by fashioning more practical ways to tackle the threat posed by fake news in the electoral process.

The agreement was reached when a delegation led by the President and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Dr. Ike Neliaku, paid a courtesy visit to the INEC Headquarters in Abuja yesterday, 12th March 2024.

Both parties deliberated on various strategies to strengthen the capabilities of INEC personnel through specialized training programmes and workshops facilitated by the NIPR.

At the interaction as contained in INEC bulletin, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu decried the prevalence of fake news, misinformation, and disinformation especially on social media.

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He said, “How do we work together to combat fake news, misinformation, and disinformation? I used to think that the best antidote to fake news is greater openness and transparency. I still believe so, but it takes more than openness and transparency to counter fake news, and I am happy that the professionals are here today. We will partner with you to ensure that we do not only communicate succinctly but also communicate in the right way and that the message is received and action taken appropriately.”

On capacity building for staff, the INEC Chairman said, “We have spokespersons at the Headquarters of the Commission and we also have people who speak for the Commission in 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. So, we have more spokespersons nationwide than in any other Organisation. We will continue to partner with the NIPR in building the capacity of all the staff and I’m happy that you have outlined some of the activities that you are going to hold this year in addition to other regular activities. We will continue to sponsor our staff to your capacity building programmes.”

Dr. Neliaku, who was accompanied by NIPR delegation explained that the purpose of the visit was to explore potential areas of collaboration between NIPR and INEC.

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He highlighted some strategic areas the new leadership of the Institute focused on, which could be of mutual benefit to both Organisations.

The NIPR President requested INEC to take advantage of what NIPR has to offer in terms of synergy, strengthening the corporate identity and reputation management of the Commission.

He said “the Institute is blessed with the best brains in terms of training and capacity building, adding, “We have our structures across the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and we have human and material resources to do that.”

Earlier in the day, the INEC Chairman accompanied by the National Commissioners also received a delegation of representatives of the Ijaws and Urhobos from the Warri Federal Constituency, Delta State led by Chief Dr. George Ominimini on a courtesy visit.

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