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Sesan raps Nigerians on e-Advocacy

Remmy Nweke

PIONEER Information Technology (IT) youth ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, has commenced research on involvement of technologies in advocacy, otherwise known as e-Advocacy.

Revealing this to ITREALMS Online in Lagos, Mr. Sesan who also is the Project Manager, Lagos Digital Village (LDV), said he was motivated to research on the status of technology usage for advocacy purposes mainly by the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country due to the broad definition of CSOs.

The theme of the research, he said, is “Exploring e-Advocacy and Technology Use by Civil Society in Nigeria.”

Explaining the choice of the topic, Mr. Sesan, said, “I have chosen to look at specific institutions, including community-based organisations, faith-based organisations, independent media, non-governmental organisatons, social enterprises, labour groups, student/youth groups, professional groups, women groups, special interest groups and political groups.”

He said, for the first phase of the research, it would encompass gathering of information about civil society organisations, which he has set up a questionnaire page, www.gbengasesan.com/eadvocacy.htm that would take less than 10 minutes to complete.

He, therefore, urged interested public, especially Nigerians to visit www.gbengasesan.com/eadvocacy.htm to complete the questionnaire, in order to “contribute to the depth and accuracy of the research exercise.”

Participating organisations, he said, could be faith-based organisations, independent media, non-governmental organisatons and social enterprises.

Also, he said that labour, student/youth, professional, women, special interest and political groups in that order are welcome to take part as long as they have activities in Nigeria.

He further urged participants to take part and apologised “if some of the questions sound too simple,” saying, they were meant to will contribute to the quality of the research, “which I am glad to let you know will take only twelve (12) minutes of your time.”

He appealed that as much information as possible could be provided, while there is room for additional comments.

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