4 things Nigeria can learn from India on the use of WhatsApp

There are many things Nigerian WhatsApp users can learn from their Indian counterparts especially in addressing social problems.

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Nigeria has a large community of social media users, as a result of its youthful population. In the country, 45% of its mobile phone users (97.21 million) have WhatsApp installed on their phones.

In Nigeria, WhatsApp is rarely used for anything except personal messaging, and occasional business transaction communications.

How India is using whatsapp and it's innovative

Based on Indian experience, there are many things Nigerian WhatsApp users can learn from their Indian counterparts especially in addressing social problems.

Some of the unique deployments of WhatsApp by Indians are highlighted below.

1.Reporting Offences

Some Indian cities are as notorious as Nigerian cities, hence we can adopt the use of WhatsApp for offence reporting as well in Nigeria.

In many Indian cities, WhatsApp numbers have been dedicated for crime reporting, traffic problems and other social disturbances.

The police in Hyderabad, a major center for the technology industry, received a total of 341 complaints in 30 days while over 250 traffic complaints were received few hours after the launch of similar WhatsApp dedicated numbers in New Delhi.

If law enforcement agencies in Nigeria adopt similar approach, this would mean populace of major cities like Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and others, can contact local police about social disturbances, traffic congestion, crimes among others.

2.Holding Public Holders Accountable

Holding public officials accountability has been one major thing lacking in Nigerian democracy.

In Indian, citizens have taken their participation to another level where people are using WhatsApp to file complaints against corrupt government officials.

In a grand example, the current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi deployed WhatsApp to curtail absenteeism among Members of Parliament (MPs).

The WhatsApp group created by the Prime Minister informs politicians of important government meetings and parliamentary sessions they need to be present in.

3. Humanitarian Mission

Also, Nigerians can use this social media platform to connect communities, especially those in need of help.

In India, WhatsApp has proven to be a useful tools in this regard.

In 2015, when a lot of students in Chennai lost their books to flood, two brothers created a WhatsApp group to source those needed books across India.

The initiative received wide acceptance from both students in need and individuals willing to help both within and outside India.

4. Increase Security and Safety of Lives and Properties

It is a public knowledge that Indian cities are notorious for frequent rape of young girls, while making use of public bus.

Also in Nigeria, kidnapping is fast becoming a lucrative crime business that needed to be curbed.

In New Delhi, a WhatsApp group “Safety Group” was created which enables women using public transport send the photo and details of the vehicle to the police before boarding it.

This WhatsApp group has contributed to the arrest of all recent girls’ sexual crime offenders in India.

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