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.