As a fallout of the meeting held with management staff of the Delta State Ministry of Information and its various parastatals, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has today, set a monthly target for all Information Officers in the state saying that a minimum of 10 reports should be sent in by each officer, monthly.
The target was set today during an enlarged meeting held with all state information officers at Press Centre of Government House, Asaba.
The commissioner stated that all information officers must live up to expectation in their various offices, warning that any officer who failed to discharge his/her duty would be sanctioned.
He pointed out that information officer were the loud speakers of the public and government, stating that The Pointer and Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) Warri and Asaba were being starved of essential information needed to boost their reportage, and that the growth of the Ministry depended on their hard work.
Mr. Aniagwu stated that they were the master/chief executive of service information delivery wherever they were posted, adding that he was more interested in the reports sent to the ministry than the clock in machine.
The Commissioner revealed that element of private sector approach to getting results would be introduced in the service, adding that no officer would be victimized by any senior for being productive.
He advised officers to report beyond the government stating that government was interested to knowing what the people think about governance, saying that as information officers, they also represent the mouthpiece of the people.
‘’We want information officers to report what is happening in their respective areas of coverage. We believe that it is not only the government that is talking, our people are also talking. The best way to get the views of the people across to the government is to report all sides of the story all the time’’ he said.
Aniagwu assured the officers that training would be given for them to improve on their job while stressing that they should do their work diligently, stressing that any form of indiscipline would no longer be tolerated.
He challenged the officers to take the responsibility of advising their bosses, explaining that such disposition would earn them closeness and understanding.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr Paul Osahor, commended the commissioner for his effort to see that discipline was inculcated in the officers even as he advised them to be alive in the discharge of their duties.
Responding, the officers thanked the commissioner for his diligence while promising to put more effort in their work as public relations officers.
For others, they thanked Aniagwu for his efforts to reform the state information apparatus and pledged to do more having been inspired and motivated by their boss.
The meeting featured a question and answer session while the highpoint was a cash reward given to the Public Enlightenment Officer (PEO) in Uvwie LGA, Mr Ambrose Ologide for his hard work and as a motivation to other officers.