The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, has charged information officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the private sector on fact-checking of information and content.
Abari made the call in a statement signed by the Senior Adviser to the D-G, Mr David Akoji on Friday in Abuja.
He made the call during the passing out ceremony of a-three-day training on National Fact-Checking, Course 4, on Friday.
The training was jointly organised for the participants by tomruk I-hub Multiverse, an Abuja training company, DAFUDA, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, all an NGO.
The Director-General said that it was necessary for all the participants to always fact-check all the information within their reach before onward dissemination.
He said that the aim of the three-day training was to find a way and means of containing, and reducing to a very large degree, the incidences of fake news and misinformation.
Abari said that the idea was key, especially for information managers from their respective institutions and in their individual levels.
“The rate at which we live in today’s world is now an era of infodemics that must be followed with caution.
“Just as we have been grappling with COVID-19 pandemic, it applies to information, and information has actually become a pandemic.
“How, when, what strategy and what manner we are able to receive information that is going to benefit us, not only our country but the world at large.
“I want to congratulate you for being part of this training, we hope to see you at the online fact media checkers of information beyond the space of the classroom work,’’ Abari stressed. (NAN)