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Nigerian Senate Test Runs Live Facebook Streaming Of Plenary Activity

Recall that’s in August 2015, Facebook launched the ability for verified VIP users to broadcast live video streams using the Facebook Mentions app. Streams appear on the News Feed, and users can comment on them in real-time. Live broadcasts are automatically saved as a video post to the streamer’s page.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live

Live streaming began to roll out for public use in January 2016, and now, the Nigerian senate has decided to take advantage of this platform to enable its citizens stream senate sittings live from Facebook. This would witness a lot of patronage compared to their YouTube page, as Facebook is more widely used than its counterpart and data cost are relatively cheaper as opposed to streaming videos on YouTube.

Bukola Saraki, Nigeria senate president

Bukola Saraki, Nigeria senate president

As seen on Bukola Saraki‘s Facebook page, the Nigerian Senate is testing Facebook live; Facebook’s feature that lets users broadcast live videos to any audience.

“Test run of live Facebook streaming of plenary activity of senate as the senate begins deliberation on MTEF 2017 – 2019.

Nigeria's senate test runs live Facebook streaming of plenary activity

Nigeria’s senate test runs live Facebook streaming of plenary activity

The Senate President also apologized for inconsistencies and interruptions in transmission.

“New Media Department is doing a test run of the Facebook Live Streaming please bear with us for any interruptions as we perfect the system.”

Apparently, it is more data effective to stream videos on Facebook than it is on YouTube as videos are compressed. Therefore, Nigerians are more likely to watch a Senate plenary session on Facebook live than YouTube. Facebook as a more data effective means of streaming videos will hopefully see more viewers and engagement than the YouTube platform.

It is also good that the Nigerian senate has keyed into the knowledge above to keep us up to date about their proceedings. It could help some politically uninterested people build some interest in whatever they are doing in that chamber.

Meanwhile, in another news, the Nigerian senate , used the electronic voting system for the first time, in a bid to encourage transparency in the in-house voting process. With the former voting process, House members could not be held accountable to their choices, and anybody could deny their choices seeing as there’d be no evidence.

Nigeria's senate does e-voting

Nigeria’s senate does e-voting

This new system is in line with the Legislative Agenda which states that “E-voting will be used regularly during voting to properly reflect voting records of members and parliamentary accountability. The House shall collaborate with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal of an e-parliament.”

Its gives me joy to know that everyone is now going TECHY – even the old men are not left out. What do you think?

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