At the ongoing Social Media Week in Lagos, all efforts is being concerted on explaining and associating all aspects of living with the importance of technology, but more appropriately, with the use of social media.
The event, which appears to be the biggest of its kind in Africa, started on Monday, February 27 and will end on Friday, March 3 at the Landmark Events Centre, Lagos, had members of the public trooping in to discuss matters on how social media can be utilized to foster positive results in the society.
Thursday had the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai deliberating on the topic “Technology as a Policy Imperative.” under the #GovTalkNG segment.
The governor explained in detail why everyone should embrace social media for change in the way citizens live and carry on their duties and obligations in the country. Above all, Gov. El-Rufai strongly emphasized that technology, innovation and digital media is the way to go for electoral reforms to happen in Nigeria.
“I have used social media as a citizen and as a politician very effectively. I know how powerful it is. I receive up to 3,000 tweets every day, many of which are junks. But I try to find time to read them or go through the important ones,” he said, while emphasizing the need for leaders to use social media to connect with the masses and get to understand them better.
He encouraged his subjects to reach out to him personally if there’s need to do so, especially when they can’t get their issues solved through other means. The governor fully centered his deliberation on Citizens, Government and Technology.
Before ending his session, he stressed that in Nigeria, we must stop all killings in Southern Kaduna and that this requires concerted action.
However, attendees were able to get his message: The only way elected officials can stay in power is to run open government, and social media offers huge opportunities.