Information Officers in the State of Osun have been urged to strive and develop themselves intellectually and be abreast of happenings around them in order to be relevant and justify government investments in them.
This admonition was given today, November 7, 2017 at the Conference Hall, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs by the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, State of Osun, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa while declaring open a training programme organised by the Ministry for Information Officers, Sound, Graphic Artists and Photo Journalists in the Ministry.
The Commissioner said that because the Ministry is saddled with the responsibility of information dissemination in the form of publicity, mass orientation, projection and promotion of government activities as well as agenda setting, the Information Officers have to be up and doing by developing themselves physically and intellectually to perform these duties creditably well.
He therefore enjoined the trainees to avail themselves the opportunity of the programme to further develop themselves in information gathering and dissemination to encourage the government.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade had advised the trainees to realise their importance as the mouthpiece of the government by projecting and propagating government activities without blemish.
He said that for the trainees to perform this role without errors, they should develop themselves to face the challenges that modern day technological development may bring, part of which the training will expose them to.
The Head of Service wrapped up his goodwill message by informing all workers in the State to avoid all forms of social malaise, be punctual, resourceful and dedicated to their work as rewards await those who excel in their beats.
In her welcome address, the Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho thanked Governor Aregbesola for approving and making sure that the training programme takes place, noting that, it had been a long time since such training took place in the Ministry.
Shortly after the official opening by the Honourable Commisioner for lnformation and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the training kick started with the first resource person lecturing on the topic, “Theories in Mass Communication, Ethics of Journalism and News Writing” delivered by the former Coordinating Director, Ministry of lnformation and Strategy, Mr. Lekan Awoyemi. The interactive session lasted for over an hour and questions/comments were treated afterwards.
The month long training continues next Wednesday, November 15, 2017.