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Communication Day: Experts emphasise good listening as solution to crisis

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By Rose Oranye

ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu has noted that listening is essential in communication and should not be taken for granted as it gives room for progress.

  Commissioner Nwosu, who stated this while addressing media workers on the occasion of   the 2022 ‘World Communication Day’ at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, used the opportunity to appeal to those causing agony, pain and insecurity in the state to listen to the sense of reason and stop destruction of lives and properties and utilise the olive branch offered by the governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo lay down their arms and stop barbaric killings.

  Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, had earlier in a Holy Mass to mark the event, urged to be keen listeners and not deny others the privilege of listening.

  The day, which is the fifty-sixth edition, attracted journalists from different media houses, members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra State Executive and the Commissioner For information, Mr. Paul Nwosu.

  Bishop Ezeokafor, who focused on the theme of this year’s event, ‘Listening with The Ears of The Heart,’ in his homily ,  remarked that it is easier to talk than to listen and that listening is quite different from hearing as it entails hearing to understand, and as such, Christians must begin to listen to the voice of their inner being, which helps them to listen to the voice of God and dwell more on His words.

  He emphasized that it is important to build a listening Christian Community, since listening is crucial to societal communication, hence, leaders should listen to the downtrodden, the poor and the needy must be listened to in order to attain set goals, objectives and a better society.

  The event was also attended by the Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment and Tourism, Mr. Don Onyenji, the Acting Managing Director of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Mr. Gab Okpalaeze, NUJ State Chairman, Dr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu and the organiser, Rev Fr Dr. Martin Anusi, among others.

  Major highlight of the occasion was a brainstorming session with the lead speaker, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspaper and Printing Cooperation (ANPC), who spoke on the topic, ‘Listen with Your Heart to Communicate Better’.

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