Nigeria’s Information and Communications Minister, John Ogar Odey, has charged Information Officers in various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to acquaint themselves fully with the seven-point agenda of the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Administration in order to attain the government’s set objectives.
The Minister who was speaking at an interactive session with staff of the Public Communication Department of the Ministry in Abuja, reminded the officers of their unique position as the engine of the Ministry.
Mr Odey further urged them to be alive to their fundamental responsibility of publicizing government achievements, policies and objectives while assuring that the tools needed for their effective performance would be made available within the resources of government. He added that regular training would be conducted to improve their output. He further charged them to ensure that the activities of their host MDAs are well publicized.
Buttressing Mr. Odey’s charge, the Minister of State for Information and Communications, Dasuki Salisu Makande, stressed the need for the Ministry’s publicity drive to be tied to the seven-point agenda of the government and urged the officers to observe high standards in the discharge of their official duties.
He described the meeting as a wake-up call for the Information Officers to be more pro-active in their assignments, vis-à-vis the programmes and objectives of the present Administration.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Otaki Oyigbenu, observed that since assumption of duty, the ministers had been meeting with staff at various levels to align the activities of the Ministry with the policy objectives of the present Administration.
Also speaking at the interactive session, the Director, Public Communication Department, Henry Angulu, enumerated the achievements of the Department to include adequate coverage of government activities, establishment of Information Resource Centres and provision of facilities to ensure quick dissemination of information to the country’s domestic and external publics, among others.
Mr. Angulu therefore solicited the support of the management to provide facilities that would improve the performance of Information Officers.