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Information Officers Critical for Societal Development– Gov. Yusuf

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Information officers, together with media, have been described as an animating and driving force for the general socio-economic development of the society.

Abba Kabir Yusuf, Kano State Governor made the assertion, Saturday, while closing a 6-day training workshop for information officers and political media appointees, organized by the state Ministry of Information at Tahir Guest Palace hotel.

The Governor implored that information officers, and the media in general are critical factor, a force to recon with, and a strong ally to development, as they always served as a link between the government and good people of the state, and vice versa.

“There is absolutely no doubt about pivotal role about which the information officers and the media play in the progress and wellbeing of the society. There is absolutely no doubt that acquisition of information and communication techniques and skills are the bases and the very lifeblood of modern information desimination.

“It is in this recognition that this administration is providing priority attention to training and retraining of workers on modern techniques and skills at all levels,” he affirmed

Adding that the training workshop, organized by the Ministry of Information and Internal Affairs, is in line with this, and it is also in tandem with our resolve to ensure the free flow of information and the people’s right to information, particularly on the activities of the government, so as to promote transparency, accountability and, of course, good governance.”

The governor then restated the government’s commitment to improve the working conditions of the civil servants in the state.

“Let me also at this juncture reiterate the pledge of our administration to continue to provide suitable and good enabling working condition for the efficient and effective discharge of your responsibilities.

He then disclosed that the government has earmarked funds for the procurement of modern working equipment to enhance information desimination.

“As a clear testimony of this resolve, I have recently approved the release of funds to the Ministry of Information for the revival and upgrade of its absolute, outdated and nonfunctional equipment with a digital photography processing machine, and for the procurement of the modern, state-of-the-art photography and video cameras, computers, and other relevant equipment,” he concluded.

In his remarks earlier, Baba Halilu Dantiye, the state Commissioner for Information said the key objectives for organizing the training include “to build the capacity of information officers on modern techniques of reporting for improved service delivery, and to uplift them of the relevance indispensability and challenges of the social media”.

Others are “to enhance their communication skills for effective information desimination, and update their skills on modern public relations activities that include media relations, crisis management, event management, among others”.

The Commissioner noted that the ministry organized the workshop, with the theme: “Effective Information Dissemination in Digital Era: The Role of Information Officers,” purposely to reflect on the dynamic nature of the profession of information dissemination and the ever-changing of the mass media.

He therefore urged the participants to fully understand the current trend and key into it in order to rub shoulders with their colleagues nationwide.

“Your Excellency, it is my pleasure to respectively inform you that a total of 240 participants, comprising of information officers from every government MDAs, political media appointees, better refer as media aides, news and current affairs managers, and reporters selected public and private media organizations and other stakeholders attended this workshop,” Dantiye stressed.

He then expressed his utmost gratitude to the Governor for the optimum support and cooperation given to the ministry to organize the workshop.

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