The International Food Basket Foundation, FBFI, said it has finalized plans to train and deploy at least 108 fact-checkers ahead of the 2023 general election.
The FBI noted that the decision was made to reduce the risk of misinformation and disinformation before, during and after the election.
FBI Chief Executive Dr. Funke Akinyele made the disclosures while speaking at a press conference on voter misinformation/disinformation in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Friday.
Akinyele explained that the briefing was part of humanitarian efforts to protect digital civic space for election integrity, before, during and after the 2023 general elections.
She added that to ensure transparency in the elections, the group decided to train and deploy 108 in the 36 states of the federation.
She further stated that the fairness of the 2023 general elections will determine the future of Nigeria as an indivisible nation.
She added that all hands must be on board to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
“In the spirit of transparency, 108 fact-checkers will be trained, three people in each state. The people who will ensure things are done right. People between the ages of 18 and 50. Everything will be done online. We are very interested in journalists.”
She added, “The digital civic space is expected to play an important role in the decisions that countless Nigerians will take during the upcoming presidential elections in February 2023 and the gubernatorial elections in March 2023.”
Election 2023: Group trains 108 fact-checkers to reduce fake news