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Soludo to rejig National Light Newspaper, ABS, others – Info Commissioner

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By Ozo Ray

ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Paul Nwosu has said that plans are in place to rejig, as well as revamp the state-owned newspaper ( National Light), the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA) and other agencies under the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment.

  Nwosu, who disclosed this during his first day in the office while brainstorming with top management staff of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Anambra Broadcasting Service, information officers and other principal officers of the ministry, noted that in spite of paucity of funds, Governor Charles Soludo was determined to make the state-owned media outfits most sought-after.

  The commissioner explained that the emphasis was on how to work on the agencies under the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment to make them more viable and vibrant enough to yield desired results, adding that National Light Newspaper is particularly dear to him because as a print media person, what he sees of National Light Newspaper does not really make one happy.

  He said National Light Newspaper has the potentials to be like any other newspaper in the country but unfortunately that was not the case. Nwosu noted that National Light Newspaper was the way it currently is not because the managing director was not a thorough-bred but because resources have not been made available to him.

  The commissioner said he was sure that when resources and materials are made available for him to work with, as well as the right calibre of workforce unlike secondments that seems to be the order of the day, the state-owned newspaper will witness a massive boom.

  Nwosu equally informed that government intends to look into the programming of the Anambra Broadcasting Service to see how it can be fine-tuned so that people will begin to listen and watch the state-owned Radio and TV stations regularly.

  Nwosu said, “I hate the situation where every morning, people tune to Dream FM or  Sapiensa when we have viable Radio/TV stations there. In the case of ANSAA, I know too that they are handicapped with funding and lack of proper enforcement machinery to be able to carry out their job.

   “The job is all about enforcement because people who put billboards and others without the permission of government through ANSAA as the law stipulates; they should be able to go there and remove it. That is the way it is done in Lagos State. LASAA the equivalent of our own ANSAA is a multi-billion naira agency and they fund themselves. “

  The information commissioner also announced the commencement of his familiarisation tour of all the agencies under the ministry after the Easter celebration to enable him to obtain firsthand information on the goings-on in the agencies as he does not intend to be an arm-chair commissioner.

  Meanwhile the supervising Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Ike Samuel Chinedu assured the new commissioner of the total and unalloyed support of the staff of the ministry.

  Chinedu said the ministry’s workforce was ready to work with the commissioner to ensure that the ministry got to the level the governor expected it to be, adding that the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment and a few other ministries have been mandated by the governor to commence work immediately to redeem the image of the state.

  The perm. secretary equally cautioned staff of the ministry against lateness to work, unnecessary absenteeism, nonchalance and truancy. He said henceforth, lateness to work will attract surcharges from affected staff or outright deleting from payroll.

  Contributing to the business meeting convened by the commissioner, the Managing Director of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife stressed the dire need for an inter-ministerial collaboration to effectively launder the image of the state whilst making case for social communication experts to be co-opted to effectively manage the security situation in Anambra State.

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