Ministry of Information & Communication Strategy
01. Introduction, Vision, Mission & Strategy
In the area of Information management, the Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy and the Information Management Team of the Governor has done creditably well to keep faith with the strategic communication blueprint initiated at the onset of the Governor Willie Obiano Administration. Part of the essence of the communication blueprint is to sustain effective communication that will ensure the rapid attainment of the vision, mission and development initiatives of the Obiano Administration.
Provide informed enlightenment on Government and Public interest Initiatives of The Willie Obiano Administration for Ndi Anambra and other Groups in the World and facilitate interaction thereof.
Structure a robust Information delivery approach based on the Willie Obiano’s Pillars and Enablers to engage Ndi Anambra and all Stakeholders towards the attainment of shared values and aspirations enunciated by this elected Government.
By use of an amalgam of the Ministry’s capacity, contacts, networks, deploy through multiple platforms Information to educate, to introduce and reinforce our State values and progress while sustaining dialogue with Ndi Anambra at home and Diaspora.
02. Information Dissemination, Management and Strategy
Bearing in mind that information dissemination and management are veritable keys to the survival of any administration particularly in a democracy, the information management team and the ministry have through various organs of the media and information officers deployed to various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as well as the local government areas continued to dish out information on government’s programmes and activities through regular issuance of press releases, public services announcements, radio and television commentaries and documentaries, features articles and other information and communication (IAC) materials such as jingles, flyers, billboards, leaflets etc.
To ensure wider reach and proper mobilization of the citizenry, the state information organs; the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) and the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Company (ANPC) have been reinvented through the provision of digitized transmitting studio and other state of the art broadcast and printing equipment. The introduction of Anambra Times-a pictorial publication that chronicles the achievements of the administration has helped to harmonize all communication efforts of the media management team.
Perhaps the greatest achievement of the administration within the last two years is the creation of brand Anambra collaterals comprising; the state emblem, crest, flag, anthem, shared values. These corporate manifestations have given Anambra State a new face in the comity of states in Nigeria, marking it out as truly the light of the nation.
03. Anambra Information Officers Acquire New Skills
Training for the first batch of information officers in Anambra state has successfully ended in Awka. The weeklong training which was organized by the state government in collaboration with the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University of Lagos was to build the capacity of the officers who were recently recruited into the state civil service and to enable them key into the communication strategy of the state government.
Addressing newsmen after the training, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta expressed gratitude to the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano for his strong belief and commitment to human capital development. He stated that communication is key to the success of any organization adding that without proper and effective information, whatever impact the Obiano Administration has made in the life of the people of the state would sound like fairy tales.
He charged the information officers to apply the concepts of the training in reporting credible, timely and concise information on activities, programmes and achievements of the Obiano Administration.
The information Commissioner thanked the resource persons from Pan Atlantic University for their steadfastness, patience and diligence in trying to redirect the focus of the officers towards effective and integrated communication. He also thanked the internal resource persons for laying the background for the training.
The Dean, School of Media and Communication Prof Biakolo thanked the state government for giving them the opportunity to contribute to building the capacity of officers in the communication industry.
04. NUJ Information chapel inaugurates sports and electoral committee.
The Chairman of the state information chapel of the NUJ, Mr Tony Nweke has inaugurated Sports and Electoral committees in preparation for the forth coming Nigerian Union of Journalists, Anambra State Chapter press week media games competition and the chapel’s
This took place during the chapel ‘s monthly meeting held at the Head of Service conference hall in Jerome Udorji Complex, Anambra Secretariat. Mr Nweke stated that the sole aim for setting up the two committees was to map out strategies that would enable the chapel not only to participate actively in the media games but to ensure victory on all the sports events which the chapel would register for and also to beat the 30th September deadline given to the chapel to submit the list of her candidates for the next Executives, to the NUJ headquarters, since the tenure of the current executives had expired.
Mr Nweke charged the committee members to spare nothing to accomplish their tasks assuring them of full support from both the chapel and the Ministry. He went further to explain the chapel ‘s commitment to care for members welfare especially at this time of economic melt down revealing that the yearly check off dues of 80 members has been taken care of by the chapel .
The chapel chairman also charged the members to be duly identified with the affairs of the chapel especially during the on coming press week scheduled for a yet to be fixed date between October and November saying that victory can only be assured if all hands were on deck. He equally urged them to support the committees by giving them maximum cooperation saying that all things being equal, the state information chapel has nothing to fear in the on coming competition considering the man power available to them.
The newly inaugurated chairmen , Mr Stanley Onunkwor and Mr uzochukwu for sports and Electoral committees respectively in their acceptance speech, thanked the chairman for the trust reposed on them and promised on behalf of the committees to give their best and make the chapel proud as regards the task given to them .
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05. Embrace handwork, Ohuoha Charges Information Officers.
By Francis Igboemeka : The Perm Sec. Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget And Development, Barr. Emeka Ohuoha has called on all the Information Officers in Anambra State Civil Service to embrace hard work, so that they’ll radiate excellence wherever they may find themselves.
Barr. Ohuoha made the call recently when the executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists State Information Chapel, led by its chairman Comrade Anthony Nweke paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat Awka.
The Perm. Sec. admonished Information Officers to be worthy ambassadors of the ministry stating thus “If you don’t say that you are, nobody will say thou are.” He expressed the need for Information Officers to be industrious adding that with hard work; everyone will be eventually recognized and recommended for a position.
Barr. Ohuoha noted the numerical strength of the State Information Officers and urged them to see it as a tool to be used in carrying the state along the path of Information dissemination. He expressed displeasure that some Information Officers were not measuring up in their duties and admonished them to buckle up so that the good image of the Ministry would not be impaired.
Furthermore, he commended the executives of the State Information Chapel of NUJ for making out time to visit him, stating that though he is now in a different Ministry, he is still part of the chapel. “Everything about Information is very paramount to me,” he said.
Barr. Ohuoha whilst talking, applauded the Commissioner of Information and Communication Strategy, Chief Tony Nnachetta; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and other key functionaries of the Ministry, enumerating that he is there to render assistance to the Ministry whenever he is called upon.
Earlier in his dialogue, the Chairman of the NUJ Information Chapel Mr. Tony Nweke congratulated Barr. Ohuoha on his recent appointment as the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners. “This is what has been denied us many years ago, now it is the will of God” Nweke asserted.
Speaking on, Mr. Nweke said that he would have liked him to remain in the Ministry of Information but cannot question the Civil Service decision.
The NUJ chairman solicited that another Ministry be carved out of the Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy, as this will make it possible for those who have talents to showcase themselves. He informed the Permanent Secretary that information Chapel of NUJ will set up an “Information Management Conference” for Information officers, and requested for his moral and material support.
The high point of the visit was the presentation of a congratulatory letter to the PermanentSecretary.
Anambra to Train 2nd Batch of Information Officers.
06.Anambra to Train 2nd Batch of Information Officers.
By Chris Chikelue : Another batch of 35 information officers in the Anambra State civil service government will soon go for a training to get them acquainted with the demands of their job. This will add up to the first batch that was trained August last year.to sum up to 70 officers.
This was disclosed by the State Acting Director of Information Mrs. Obiageliaku Umeadi in a meeting with some Special Assistants to the governor on Media and the Ministry’s news Sector and unit heads held in Awka.
While welcoming participants at the meeting Ejike Anyaduba, one of the SAs said that their mission in the ministry to lend a helping hand in the area of news collation and dissemination and asked all the sector and unit heads not to hesitate to air any challenge they are facing in carrying out their duties.
Speaking in sync with the Director, Mr. Anyaduba said that information officers need to be taught the best way to do their jobs at any beat they may find themselves. He urged them to strive hard to put themselves in better forms to do their jobs effectively.
In the same vein, Mrs. Chineze George-Ileka the Social sector head while contributing to the issues raised on information officers doing their jobs stated that she has admonished them to have ears for news so as to get first hand reports of government functions in the State. Mrs. Ileka stressed that she is planning to reconvene the information officers’ meetings where these officers will be collectively addressed. She also called for a swap of the sector heads which according to her will help fine-tune efforts of news gathering in the news room.
On reporting from Law Courts, Mr. Anyaduba warned that reporters at these beats need to employ caution so as not to incur the contempt of the courts. He added that anybody reporting court proceedings must understand what it takes to report assizes at any given period. He however advised them to watch out for cases that are of interest to the State.
Mrs. Chinyere Ogbuagu sector head in charge of Local Government pleaded with the SAs to assist the Ministry to procure official vehicles for easy accessibility of different locations in the State. To this call Mr. Okey Anarado also a media aid to the governor promised that the draught of official vehicles in the Ministry will soon be a thing of the past.
The meeting rose with a call on information officers to put in more sacrifices in doing better at their various posts. They were also told to be more resilient in proding ahead to getting information no matter the encumbrance that might be frustrating their efforts.
07.CORPS MEMBERS PRAY FOR ANAMBRA STATE
BY: FRANCIS IGBOEMEKA
A prayer summit aimed at spiritual revival of every sector of the state has been organized by the members of the national youth service corps (NYSC) posted to Anambra State, under the aegis of Nigeria Christian Fellowship Anambra State chapter, with the theme “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord”
Speaking on the occasion held at Dora Akunili Women Development Center Awka, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta ably represented by a staff in the ministry Mr. Francis Igboemeka stressed the need for such a prayer summit especially now that the economy is witnessing economic recession.
He commended the Corps Members for deeming it necessary to pray for those in authority especially Governor Obaino who has many developmental projects in the State,
The commissioner charged the NYSC members to be shining examples to others in their different duty posts and enjoined them to enjoy the hospitality the state is known for.
Earlier in their prayer sessions, the catholic bishop of Awka, represented by Rev. Fr. Sebatian Anowulu commended Gov. Obaino for the good road network the state is enjoying and his different agricultural progarammes.
In the same vein very Rev. Emma Ekpunobi praised Gov. Obaino for the good security the State is enjoying and prayed for God’s intervention in the legislature and judicial arms of the state.
In his vote of thanks, the President of NCCF Anambra State Chapter Mr. Taiwo Emmanuel commended the State Gov. Chief Willie Obaino and the Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta for making the prayer summit possible.
The prayer summit which attracted men of God from different Christian denomination in the State who includes Rt. Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Very Rev. Emma Ekpunobi, Prof.SegunSogbesan witnessed songs and prayer for various intentions of the State
08.ASLB CHARGES ASATU TO BUILD COMMUNITY LIBRARIES.
By Obianuju Onu.
The Anambra State Library Board (ASLB) has urged the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) to promote reading culture in their communities by building libraries.
Addressing the Members of the union at their April meeting, the Acting Director Anambra State Library Board (ASLB) Nkechi Udeze said that libraries in communities will encourage the students to read harder,curb exam malpractice and shun special centers.
The Acting Director frowns that out of 179 communities, the state has only 11 public libraries and some local governments cannot even boost of one.
Miss Udeze promised that the Anambra State library Board ( ASLB) Will give technical help to any community that is ready to build its library.
In his remark, the National President of ASATU Hon Jude A.P Okolo applauded the ASLB for the encouragement and advised community leaders to champion the cause. Some of the town union presidents present immediately declared their interests.
09.ANAMBRA LIBRARY BOARD TAKES CARD CAMPAIGN TO SCHOOLS .
By Obianuju Onu.
Students have been enjoined to sign up for a library card as it is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
The Acting Director Anambra State Library Board, Nkechi Udeze made the call during library card campaign to schools in Awka. She stated that a library card provides access to variety of books and digital media. Mrs Udeze also implored regain self confidence and avoid special centres. The acting Director encouraged the young ones to join the library in their Saturday children programmes.
She however, invited the students to the upcoming world book day celebration which will take place at the Kenneth Dike Central E-Library Awka on the 25th of April, 2017.
Highlight of the occasion includes visit to some schools around Awka, which include Flora Field Montessori Nursery School, Girls’ Secondary School Awka, Community Secondary School Okpuno and National Teachers Institute (NTI).
10. IBENTA CALLS FOR PRAYER FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY.
By Michael Ezenwata
The state chairman Christian pilgrims welfare Board, professor Steve Ibenta has encouraged the citizenry to always pray for those in constituted authority to excel.
Professor Ibenta who gave the charge at the government house Awka on the Easter celebration encouraged the citizenry to pray for the working governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano who is ably piloting the affairs of the state.
According to the pilgrims welfare Board boss, his community Akpu has endorsed the governor for a second tenure in office which is in line with Professor Chukwuma Soludos submission of “if not broken why mend it.
He urged Christians to utilize the period of Easter for sober reflection and for the promotion of peace and love in the society.
On his part, the president general of Orsumorghu Development Union in Ihiala Local government area, Sir Chika Muomaife used the occasion to thank governor Obiano for the award of a contract for the construction of the Mbosi-Orusmorghu link road and the appointments of three Orsumorghu indigenes in positions of authority which are some landmarks that have elicited their one hundred endorsement for his second term in office.
Contributing, a woman knight in the Anglican communion Lady Ngozi Ifebi commended governor Obiano and his wife chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu for their exemplary display of good neighborliness in governance.
11. SIR CHUKA, OTHERS LAUD GOV. OBIANO ON THE FLAG OFF OF THE AIRPORT PROJECT.
By Michael Ezenwata
The Managing director of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation Sir, chukka Nnabuife has commended Governor Willie Obiano for adding another milestone to his vast achievements in office by flagging off the construction of a cargo International Airport in Umueri.
According to sir Chuka who spoke to the press on his visit to Umueri to witness the epoch making event, the gesture will serve as a radical catalyst to the rapid transformation of the state economically, socially, and culturally, and will draw businesses, technocrats and an intelligentsia around, within and beyond the shores of the former Eastern region.
The ANPC boss further noted that the gesture will catapult the state to an enviable height, especially as the facility located within the hub of an oil bed, and an area with an abundant concentration of natural gas, will draw businesses like hotels, offices, transit joints, housing estates, and petty trading that will create employment opportunities.
He expressed confidence in the Obiano administration for initiating a project which will solve the capital flight syndrome in the state.
On his part, the commissioner for Environment, Beautification and Ecology, Dr. Romanus Ejikeme commended governor Obiano for the cargo airport vision which has the capacity of enhancing the economic viability of the state.
Contributing, an illustrious son of Nimo Prince Chike Okafor-Agilo noted that the airport project will facilitate the Agricultural potentials of the state, its industrialization, and manufacturing.
Prince Okafor-Agilo endorsed the Governor’s second term in office given his good track records of excellence.
On their part the traditional ruler of Nri Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh and a former Deputy Chairman of Awka South LGA Barr. Chike Oranye commended the Obiano administration for the worthwhile cargo airport project.
12. STATE GOVERNMENT TO SUBSIDIZE THE 2017 PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LANDS.
By Michael Ezenwata
The state chairman Christian pilgrims welfare board, Professor Steve Ibenta has announced government’s intention to subsidize this year’s Pilgrimage to various holy lands across the world.
Professor Ibenta who gave the indication while briefing the press at the government house Awka, encouraged the citizenry to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the holy land of Israel once in their life time to experience unprecedented spiritual encounter.
According to the pilgrims welfare boss, opportunities for Easter pilgrimage to Israel and other holy lands are open from April this year to December for successful intending pilgrims in the categories of men, women, judges/magistrates, church leaders, farmers among others.
He spoke on the spiritual and Socio – economic imperatives of visiting the holy land of Israel to develop the individual person to develop his society, stressing that if virtues imbibed from a visit to the holy land is put into action, pilgrims will be fired by the zeal of patriotism to develop their home states, by reversing the ugly trend of capital flight and brain drain.
Professor Ibenta further disclosed that the Israeli government is willing to partner with Anambra state for the training of pilgrims who are farmers.
On this Easter period, he encouraged the citizenry to always pray for those in positions of authorities to excel.
The Christian pilgrims welfare boss paid glowing tribute to the governor Willie Obiano administration for adding another milestone to his list of achievements by flagging off the construction of a cargo airport in Umueri, which has the multiplier effects of job creation, and opening up vast opportunities for the economic growth of the state
He spoke of the endorsement of the governor for a second term in office by his community Akpu and his local government area Orumba South.
13. WORLD BOOK DAY: ASLB TO CELEBRATE WITH OTHERS.
By Obianuju Onu.
Book lovers are getting set to celebrate their favourite stories once again as world book day is around the corner and Anambra State Library Board (ASLB) is not left out in the preparation.
The annual celebration of authors, illustrators and reading which is marked in more than 100 countries around the world, was initiated by UNESCO on the 23rd of April 1995.
The main aim of world book day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
This year’s world book day is coming up on Sunday 23rd April 2017; Anambra State has scheduled the celebration to hold on the 25th April at Prof. Kenneth Dike E Library Awka.
Everyone who loves books and likes reading can take part in the celebration as it is dedicated to getting children closer to the books and authors they already love and helping them discover brand-new books and authors they will love just as much.
14. Umeadi Charges Information Officers against lousiness… Promises reward for hardworking officers.
By John Ndu
The over 160 Information Officers in the Ministry of Information Anambra State, have been warned against laissez-faire and non chalant attitude in discharge of their duties.
The Acting Director Ministry of Information, Anambra State, Mrs Obiageliaku Umeadi, issued this warning while addressing the Information Officers, at the Situation Room, Information Complex, Udorji Secretariat, Awka.
Mrs Umeadi regretted that some Information Officers had not expressed any sign of seriousness since they were employed, saying the ministry would soon fish out those who are not representing in line with specification.
The Director revealed that the ministry had finalized every arrangement to train another batch of 35 information officers as others would soon benefit in accordance with their performance.
She stated that the essence of the training was to expose them further on the ethics of journalism, to be acclimatized with the norms especially now the state is preparing for 2017 governorship election.
While describing them as the image makers of the state, the Acting Director charged them to always portray the good image of the state, and shun any kind of corruption or scampering for money, but focus on discharging their duties with high level of integrity and morality.
Mrs Umeadi promised that the ministry had mapped out various rewards to compensate those who had been working tediously for the good interest of the state.
She maintained that every information officer is a qualified journalist and should not feel inferior, but be bold to face any challenge from the society.
The Public Relation Officer, Head of Service, Mr Tony Nweke urged them to widen their scope of connection with other journalists so as to improve on their skills and knowledge of any event.
Some of the Information Officers, Mr Chinedu Uche Okoye from Head of Service and Rita Okonkwo from Ministry of Commerce said they had financial challenges and maltreatment of information officers within and outside the ministry.
They further called on the Ministry to always defend information officers who leave their duty posts for news hunting.
15. ASLB JOINS IN THE CONTINENTAL DISPLAY FIESTA
By Obianuju Onu
Anambra State Library Board has joined her fellow counterparts in Africa for the continental display fiesta.
The fiesta display which was organized by the Public and Community libraries Section of AFLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions) with the theme ” My Africa Your Africa Our Africa” has started since 24th April to end on 13th May 2017.
Declaring the event open in the Library’s auditorium, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy Sir B. C. Umerah said the cultural display will help promote and project Igbo culture and heritage.
He said that the locally made instruments displayed will help in teaching the children of this modern age the Igbo tradition.
The cultural fiesta features display of books and other information resources, textiles, pictures, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, farm implements, cooking utensils and other materials that depict culture of the Library community.
16. ANAMBRA LIBRARY BOARD, CELEBRATES WORLD BOOK DAY..
17.ETUKOKWU RETIRES BUT NOT TIRED.
By Rita Ureh
The Permanent Secretary Anambra State Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy Mr Benjamin Umerah has commended one of the retirees of the Ministry Ebele Etukokwu for doggedness, and humility, stating that she was never found wanting discharging her duties.
Mr Umerah stated this in a send forth party for the deputy Director which was organized by the staff of the Ministry in his office at Awka, He said that it was a good experience working with her, saying that he will ensure that she will get all her entitlement.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director of Administration in the Ministry Mrs Patience Anagor said that as the staff celebrates one of them going on retirement, they shall also get to the peak of their profession. “Mrs Etukokwu is retired but not tired and may she continue to grow from strength to strength” Anagor declared.
In her reaction, the retiree Ebele Etukokwu thanked the management and staff of the ministry for organizing the wonderful reception for her, praying that God will see each and every one of them through in their different endeavors, so that when their own turn come, they can as well retire happily as she is doing today.
The highlights of the occasion were singing of songs, refreshment, and presentation of gift to the retiree and group photograph.
18.ETUKOKWU RETIRES BUT NOT TIRED.
By Ifeyinwa Judith Ogwo
The State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) in Anambra State, Comrade Emma Ifesinachi has recently appreciated the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, Faculty of Social Science Dean , Prof Stella Okuna, and others over the ongoing Professional Diploma Program organised for practicing Journalist in the Department of Mass Communication by the School.
He made this statement at the 2017 NUJ June Congress held at Ezeemo Press Centre, Awka.
Mr Ifesinachi informed the meeting that the Programme is necessary for those practicing Journalist who do not have degree in Mass Communication or Journalism, to qualify them as bona fide members. He stated that Lectures have commenced and the courses offered are of great benefit to the Participants. He further noted that the Program will last for 18 Months is affordable.
The Chairman however urged those that enrolled for the Programme to be serious and committed.
19.2017 Budget : stakeholders commends move
By John Ndu
Reactions have continued to trail the signing of the 2017 budget by the Acting President of the Country.
Some residents of Anambra State who spoke with our correspondent on the development described it as lawful and patriotic.
They said the action has put to an end to the controversy on whether the Acting president has the powers to do so.
One of them and member representing Nnewi one in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Kingsley Iruba, stressed that a section of the 1999 constitution as amended provides for the Vice President to perform such a function in the absence of the President.
Mr Iruba noted that the 2017 Appropriation law christened budget of economic recovery and growth holds great prospects for Nigerians.
A journalist, Mr Francis Ekpome said the signing into law of the budget earlier than the June 30 deadline for the implementation of the 2016 fiscal policy has prevented shut down of government operations.
Mr Ekpome expressed optimism that the present administration would implement the budget to the letter.
The Journalist who however noted that the budget process was delayed, urged the government to hit the ground running to ensure that enough developmental projects were executed within this fical year.