By Dalah Lawan
Yobe State Commissioner Home Affairs, Information and Culture Alhaji Mohammed Al-amin, has charged information officers attached to Ministries, Departments and Agencies to exhibit professionalism in managing information at their disposal by making it safe and accessible to the public.
The Commissioner stated this while declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop on modern Journalism and Programming for information officers organised by the Yobe state Government held in Damaturu the State Capital.
Muhammed Lamin pointe out that the information officers were expected to treated, managing and maintain government databases,information catalogues and web resources.
“As information officers you use your expertise to make sure that the information you manage is safe, secure and easily to the people as it is the reliable government source of information” Al-amin said.
The Commissioner added that sufficient information should be provided in accessible and culturally appropriate ways because providing information about government plans, programs and policies at an early stage gives people time to think over the issues, consider its implications and formulate their views thereby bridging the gap that may exist otherwise.
He further commended the present administration under Governor Mai Mala Buni for its effort in upgrading the state owned media outfits Yobe Television, Yobe broadcasting corporation and the establishment of a new department for online and social media.
He therefore solicit for speedy completion of the digital switch over.
” We solicit speedy preparation to digital switch over to enable information dissemination faster and wider”.
In her remarks Director Information Services Hajiya Husna Ibrahim, said it is imperative to ensure training and re-training of the staff as a tool for sustainable and enhanced workforce.
“This training is the first of its kind in the Ministry, intended to expose the participants on modern ways of information covering, writing and dissemination”. Said Husna.
She said the workshop is expected to be participatory and innovative featuring critical and practical session.