In A'Ibom State, Gov Emmanuel Udom receives kudos for infrastructural development - Paul Ukpabio's Blog

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

In A'Ibom State, Gov Emmanuel Udom receives kudos for infrastructural development

... As Comrade Ememobong Advocates Strategic Communication of Hope to the people

By: Lawrence Ekong

Governor Udom Emmanuel has received kudos on his giant strides in infrastructural development of Akwa Ibom State.

The Commendation was given earlier today, Tuesday, 17th November, 2020, by the South-South Zonal Director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mr. Sam Anyanwu, while on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, in his office.

Mr. Anyanwu who was accompanied on the visit by members of the management team of Atlantic Radio 104.5 FM, intimated his host that he was in the state on a routine inspection to the Uyo station of the FRCN,  as part of his oversight responsibilities and solicited support from Akwa Ibom State Government towards the 10th anniversary celebration of Atlantic FM billed for March, 2021.

The Zonal Director who said Akwa Ibom was the first state he was visiting since his elavation to the position of the South-South Zonal Director of the Corporation hinted that his choice of the State, were not unconnected with the laudable achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel, especially in the areas of infrastructural development.

'' I choose to come to Akwa Ibom because of what I have seen and heard about the the giant strides the Governor in the state, especially when you look around the city of Uyo. In fact it is mind blowing and I came, not only to supervise our station, but to also confirm what I have been hearing, which is actually what is on ground" Anyanwu said.

Comrade Ememobong described the visit as strategic and crucial to the strengthening of inter-governmental relations as well as to  foster mutual respect and love for related agencies.

The State's Spokesman who applauded the management team of Atlantic FM Uyo, for maintaining a cordial working relationship with Akwa Ibom state government  also tasked them on re-engineering of their news reportage to inspire hope among the people.

He thanked the FRCN delegation for the great job of information dissemination and urged the corporation to explore more innovative ways to incorporate new dimensions into their operations in order to remain tops in the competitive commercialized media world.

'' I must thank you for the onerous tasks of information desimation across the country. I also know that your modus operandi has changed because you have left the era of being  monopolistic, when not less than 65 million people would hooked up to your network at 7 am for the morning news. So you must continue to change your style and strategy in the face of humongous competition with other radio stations'', Comrade Ememobong said.

The Information helmsman further charged the team to be balanced in their news reportage as part of their responsibilities of giving back hope to their listeners. He added that in order to forestall destabilization of the polity in the wake of the #EndSARS Protest,  media houses have a duty to re-engineer their programmes to sustain peace and inspire hope in the minds of the people.

'' In post #EndSARS era, we must as communicators, find strategic ways of communicating hope back to the hearts and minds of our young people, assuring them that their future would be brighter than whatever challenges we are facing today '' he said.

The Information Boss further explained that the media has a role to play in the maintenance of order and peaceful coexistence of all federating units of the the country and expressed optimism that the Nigerian Broadcasting codes would continue to be exploited to it's fine lines by media houses for the benefit of  sensitizing and informing the citizens.

While thanking the Zonal Director and his team, for deeming it necessary to visit the Ministry, Comrade Ememobong pledged government's petronage and support for the radio station.

The visiting team included: the General Manager of Atlantic FM, Uyo, Mrs. Nseabasi Emmanuel, the Assistant Director News, South-South Zone, Mr. Uwem Nkpoyen, Head of Administration, Mr. Devid Effiom, Head of programmes, Mr. Samuel Essien, Head of Marketing, Mr. Fidelis Omowgbale and former Government House Correspondent, Mr. Charles Bassey.

Among the management team of the Ministry included: the Dean, College of Directors and Director of Technical Services, Mrs. Blessing Urua, the  State Director of Information, Akparawa James Edet, the Director of Public Relations, Mrs. Grace Akpan and the Director of Strategy, Mr. Joseph Etem. Others were: the Director of Administration/Supply, Mrs. Tiuba Nduonofit, Head of Finance and Account, Mrs. Glory Usoroh, Head, Research, Planning and Statistics, Mr. Peter Antai and Asst. Director, Ikot Ekpene Zone, Mr. Aniekan Ukpong.

Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of copies of the publication of the Ministry, "Akwa Ibom Impact" magazine to the visiting FRCN team.

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