By Ifeyinwa Ogwo

Awka, Dec. 18, 2020 (MOI) Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba says COVID-19 tests and treatment are free of charge in all Anambra State General Hospitals.

The commissioner said this at the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), 2020 Information Chapel Management Conference.

The conference has a theme: “Building Internal Partnership for Corporate Existence: Experience from the post COVID-19 Era’’.

The programme was held at the Conference Hall of office of the Head of Service (HOS), at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

According to Adinuba COVID-19 is real and active and Nigeria may likely experience a second wave of the pandemic because of the influx of Nigerians into the country.

“Currently, some countries like France, United kingdom, Italy and Germany are experiencing a second wave of the virus and Nigerians abroad may come home for the Yuletide celebrations.’’

“Christmas celebrations always witness celebrations with large gatherings and it is our duty as Information Officers to lead by example by wearing our face masks whenever we attend such functions.

“Maintain social distancing, avoid handshakes and embrace, but if we shake hands, we should wash our hands regularly under running water.

“Visit Onitsha General Hospital for COVID-19 tests, when you have early symptoms of the disease and receive prompt treatment which is free of charge,’’ he added.

He urged all the officers to read regularly to improve on their jobs and be efficient and effective at their duty posts.

Member representing Nnewi North Constituency, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Smart Nonso Okafor advised the officers to believe in themselves and refuse to be intimidated.

“Face every challenge that comes your way with courage and also give to those in need in your little capacity, especially those that cannot pay you back.’’

Commissioner for Transport, Mr Afam Mbanefo urged the officers to make themselves available and be relevant always, noting that they play vital roles in the society.

“Information is a very important tool in the development of a society and it brings positive changes to the society when utilised properly.’’

Earlier, the keynote speaker, Prof Venatius Agbanu, Department of Mass Communication, Igbariam campus of the Odumegwu Ojukwu University, noted that organisation where teamwork was practiced achieved greater goals than where it was not the practice.

“Teamwork enhances cooperative productivity and for an organisation to have dedicated staff members, they must be provide basic amenities, incentives, peaceful work environment and welfare for its workers.’’

A Guest Speaker, Prof. Boniface Obiefuna, also a reverend father, hinted that training was important in building a formidable team.

“Such a team should be headed by someone with reputable character to promote working together and sharing of common goals.

“Post COVID-19 has throw a lot of countries into a state of confusion and Nigeria is now even now in recession.’’

The Acting Director Information, Mr Anthony Nweke thanked everyone for attending. He enjoined all the officers to put the knowledge gathered from the conference into good use for the growth of the state. (MOI)

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