Ensure proper information handling, journalists, information officers told
Journalists and information officers have been urged to handle the interpretation of government visions and actions efficiently and to ensure effective management of government information at their disposal to prevent unnecessary conflict and misunderstanding between the government and the citizens.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, gave the charge at the opening of the 2022 Chapel Week of the State Information Chapel of the Nigerian Union Journalists held at NUJ Press Centre, Uyo, with the theme: “Government Information Managers: Impact, Challenges and Prospects in the Completion Agenda”.
Ememobong said: “As ambassadors and managers of government information, information officers owe the duty of interpreting the vision and policies of government as applicable to their different establishments to the populace as well as prudently manage information disseminated to the public as it can make or mar the society.”
“Part of the challenges of information managers is that they are seen as undertakers. You must understand that information is like an arrow, once shot cannot be retracted, so do the best you can to manage your principal.”
I must thank the Chairman of the Chapel for the excellent work he has done and we will continue to do our best to support the staff of the ministry,” he said.
Ememobong congratulated the chapel on the successful hosting of the event and for the award of excellence bestowed on him, stating that it would inspire him to do more work and render service to the information sector of government and humanity.
The event featured paper presentation by the Dean, of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, Prof. Peter Esu; the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom SAN and the Editor, of Surveillance Magazine of the State Information Chapel, Mr. Idris Madadeje.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of the Excellence Award of Enduring Legacy for Outstanding Service to Staff and Humanity to Ememobong.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Akparawa James Edet, was recognised for his meteoric rise to the apex as the 11th International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio.
Present at the event was serving and retired directors of information, including the Director of Public Relations, Mrs Grace Akpan; Director of Technical Services, Mr. Edet Nsungwara; Director of Strategy, Mr. Aniekan Ukpong and assistant directors of the ministry.