Enugu Govt. gears to upgrade state owned media houses – Information Commissioner

Sat, Feb 3, 2024
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ENUGU State Government, says it is  interested in upgrading Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) and the Enugu State Printing and Publishing Corporation,  known as the Daily Star Newspaper.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aka Eze Aka, disclosed this when members of the Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Information and Communications, visited the ministry on Friday in Enugu.

 Aka said the  government of Mr Peter Mbah was very interested in ensuring that they upgraded the state owned media houses to meet up with modern facilities for effective information dissemination.

He said, “Your position today is an assurance that this Ministry will stand on two legs because Gov. Mbah believes in presenting the people with the true narrative of his leadership.

“My duty here is to make sure that people are aware of what is going on in the state and  when I took the Oath of Office, I swore that I would work out my heart, my life to ensure that this Ministry work efficiently,” he said.

Aka noted that the ministry did not have a commissioner for about three years before he was appointed and promised that his arrival  would change the narrative.

 He explained that the governor made it easier for them to acquire equipment – cameras, drone and all that for the proper functioning of the ministry.

“I am assuring you that the Governor is deeply interested in ESBS and in no distant time, ESBS will be a leading broadcasting station not only in the state but beyond,” Aka said.

He also highlighted the government plan to transform and upgrade Enugu state Printing Press and the Publishing Company which had been comatose for years.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,  Dr Ben Ezema, praised the Commissioner for his positive impact on the Ministry, including the publication of The New Narrative Magazine and the creation of a team for road projects.

Earlier, Mr Harrison Ogara, the Chairman  House Committee on Information and Communication, said explained that the oversight function was a long-standing role in ensuring the symbiotic relationship between the House and MDAs.

“The Ministry of Information among all the Ministries, stands tall and the central point where others rotate. This Ministry is an intermediary between the people and the government.

“You tell the people what the government is doing and what people feel about it. We expect nothing less from you in terms of performance and sure of value.

“We are here to know you more and secondly to find out those challenges you are having and how you are coping with other auxiliary departments like ESBS, Dailystar and all that,” Ogara said. (NAN)

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-February 3, 2024 @ 6:40 GMT|

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