The website managers of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation may have been promoting the activities of one of the over 98 impostors laying claim to the identity of President Goodluck Jonathan on Facebook.
When newsmen visited www.osgf.gov.ng, the website of the OSGF, a link to one of the fake Facebook accounts bearing the President’s name and photograph, was on its home page.
When the link was clicked, it took them to the Facebook page which had 45, 132 followers as at the time of filing this report.
Visitors to the website, who are encouraged to embrace the ‘citizens’ e-participation’ initiative of the SGF’s office, by posting “comments about projects’’ through its Facebook page, are always directed to the fan page of their President’s impostor.
Checks on the Facebook page revealed that the website managers were simply promoting the blog of one Kevin Djakpor. With these visitors, who besiege the Facebook page to lodge complaints about government programmes, projects and policies are welcomed with gossips ranging from entertainment to sports.
For instance, on Thursday, visitors to the supposed official Facebook page of the OSGF found the photographs of Cossy Ojiakor and Afrocandy posted on it with a question: “Who is hotter: Afrocandy or Orjiakor?’’
Besides, a click on the plug-in linking the website to the Twitter handle of the SGF’s office did not also respond when our correspondent tried to do so on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the website managers appear to be on holiday as some vital information, which visitors to the website may be yearning to access, are virtually not available on it.
A click on sections expected to give visitors leads to ongoing projects pertaining to the OSGF, as well as call for bids revealed articles on the transformation agenda of the President. The section for downloading the ‘’Tenders Journal’’ also contains nothing relating to tenders.
A digital media consultant, Sola Fagorusi, laments that the development is not expected of a government office that is responsible for ensuring the effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation of policies of the Presidency.
He notes that as much as government institutions are trying to hook up with new media trends as a strategic communication and engagement tool, it is important that things are done appropriately.
He says, “Government agencies need to do more than just fulfilling the basic need of being on social media. Why put up an icon promising links to Twitter and Facebook accounts only to be led to an entirely different Facebook page? To make matters worse, it’s a counterfeit Facebook account of President Goodluck Jonathan.