Information is a fundamental process of enlightenment that enables individuals or group to take pertinent action, decision or make a particular choice leading to the attainment of an intended objective. It is a critical driving force necessary for the achievement of an objective by virtue of its ability to mobilize and propel people to action.
All activities of the Ministry are geared towards articulating and adequately publicizing the activities of the administration in the context of its achievements in the three thematic areas of Peace and security, Human Capital Development and Infrastructure development.
In order to achieve this objective, the Ministry embarked on re-engineering, repositioning, and revamping, not only its media outfits, but it’s field publicity units and Printing Press to put them in line with the dictates of modern information management and delivery.
STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
By circular letter no. SGD. 10/T5/141 issued on December 31, 2007, by the Secretary to the Delta State Government to streamline the activities of the Ministries, the Ministry of Information is assigned the following responsibilities:
(i) Information dissemination and management;
(ii) Printing of Government documents
(iii) Publication and production services.
To discharge these responsibilities, the Ministry functions with three Professional Departments and three mandatory Administrative Departments as follows:
(i) Department of Information
(ii) Publication and Production Services
(iii) Government Printing Press
(v) Planning, Research, and Statistics
(vi) Finance and Accounts
The Ministry also supervises the following Parastatals:
(i) Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba
(ii) Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Warri
(iii) Delta Printing and Publishing Company Limited (DPPCL), Asaba.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS
1) DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION
The Department is charged with the management and coordination of information on Government policies, activities, and programs. The publicity efforts of the Ministry have successfully redirected the negative public image of the State to a sustained positive stream over the years.
Similarly, there is a great improvement in publicity and visibility for the State Government in the domestic, national and global media.
2) DEPARTMENT OF PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTION
The Department of Publications and Production Services complement the Ministry’s main objective of providing adequate publicity for the policies, programs, and activities of Government through maintenance of a feedback mechanism – a two-way communication flow between the Government and the people. The Department does this through features, commissioned articles, advertorials, and other specialized public relations publications.
It also provides P.A.E coverage and video recordings/ footage of notable official/community events and photographs as back up to accentuate TV news presentations and as photo news to the print media.
The Department conceived designs for and supervised the printing of Christmas cards, Calendars, and Dairies and take charge of their distribution to top government functionaries, public establishments, embassies, companies, captains of industries and the public.
3) GOVERNMENT PRINTING PRESS
Government Printing Press is saddled with the responsibility of printing all Government Classified Documents such as Bills from the State House of Assembly, Laws assented to by His Excellency and all Gazettes of the State Government. It undertakes the printing of other documents such as file jackets, forms, Senior Staff List, Government white paper, program booklets among others.
4) DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
The functions of the Department of Administration include the following:
(i) Staff matters, such as appointments, promotions, and discipline;
(ii) Staff training;
(iii) Staff and Corpers’ Welfare
(iv) Participation in the preparation of annual budget estimates.
(v) Processing application for release of funds and request for audit certificate for supplies/job undertaken;
(vi) Procurement and management of supplies (stationery, office equipment, materials, and furniture item, etc);
(vii) Management of vehicles and allied matters;
(viii) Allocation and maintenance of office accommodation and premises.
5) DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, RESEARCH, AND STATISTICS
The Department is one of the mandatory service departments of this Ministry, which is charged with the following responsibilities;
i) Articulation, formation, and preparation of development and rolling plans for the Ministry;
ii) Collation of capital estimates from the different departments or agencies of the Ministry for onward submission to the Ministry of Economic Planning;
iii) Rendering of project monitoring reports and evaluation of capital projects;
iv) Handles all contracts that fall within the Ministerial Tenders Board of the Ministry;
v) Management of the Ministry records and information resources, dealing with the collation and processing of data and statistics;
vi) Management of the Open, Confidential, Secret Registries and a sizeable Reference Library for research;
vii) liaises with the three parastatals of DBS Asaba and Warri and the DPPCL to provide capital requirements that enable them to perform creditably.