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Patrick Odey, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Government on Thursday announced a ban on printing of reports, journals and magazines by its Ministries Departments and Agencies.
It directed that all publications should be harmonised through the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, announced the ban in Uyo, the state capital while speaking with our correspondent on major decisions taken during the second term inaugural State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
He said the decision to ban indiscriminate printing of government’s journals and other materials was to ensure coordination of those publications.
“This decision to ban indiscriminate printing of materials and publications was taken during the inaugural meeting of the State Executive Committee Council. All publications are now to be harmonised through the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
“By that approval, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been mandated to discontinue the publication of journals and magazines and channel all materials to the Ministry of Information for proper coordination.”
He said the council also approved the commencement of renovation of the Ibom Hotels and Resort, noting that the initiative was to give the edifice face-lift while boosting tourism and revenue generation in the state.
Udoh, who said the renovation was to be carried out in phases, added that the Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Oman Esin, had been mandated to put out a strategic plan for the commencement of the project.
The Information commissioner said in a bid to boost agriculture and ensure food sufficiency in the state, the council directed all commissioners and special advisers to embark on personal farming.
“The governor has said this time without number that for commissioner or special adviser to appointed into any position, he or she must own a piece of farmland for agricultural purposes. This was re-echoed again at the meeting.
“The drive of government is to lead by example in an effort to ensure adequate food for the people of the state while making Akwa Ibom the hub of agriculture in the country.”
Source; Punch Newspapers