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Nigeria Police, Army, NAFDAC have worst spokespersons, media poll shows

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Nigerian journalists have identified the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as public institutions whose spokespersons they have had the worst experiences with.

This indication emerged in a poll conducted in October by The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), in which journalists from various newsrooms were asked to disclose the government Public Relations Officers (PROs) with whom they have had their best and worst experiences.

According to the report, which was released on the ICIR website, they were also asked to rate their overall experience with the spokespersons and state what common problems they encountered in interacting with them.

The newspaper received a total of 32 responses from journalists across 12 media organisations that participated in the survey, including BBC Igbo Service, Business Day, Daily Post, Daily Trust, Legit, Nigeria Info, Premium Times, Punch, Sahara Reporters, TheCable, and The Nation. Two freelance journalists also filled the survey.

Their roles range from reporters to content producers, photojournalists, data analysts, senior investigative reporters, and editors.

Police and Army were ranked worst by most. While some spokespersons and MDAs were mentioned only once in the “worst experience” field, there are those whose names came up multiple times. Topping the list is the Nigeria Police with nine mentions.

Following closely is the Nigerian Army with five mentions. Then there is NAFDAC, a Federal Government regulatory agency, having the third-highest number of mentions.


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