A former Ghana Minister for Information, Hon. Fritz Baffour has described the Nigerian Press as vibrant and influential which has made it the envy of the African continent.
Hon. Baffour said this at a Symposium held at Ghana International Press Centre, Accra, organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ogun State, Information Chapel, in collaboration with Ghana Journalists Association, with the theme, “Image Making: Role of Information Managers in Bridging the Gap Between Government and the People’’.
The ex-Minister noted that his observation of the Nigerian media had earned it the status, calling on other media organisations across the continent to emulate the depth of experience with which the Nigerian journalists operate.
He noted that as media practitioners, journalists should effectively manage and bridge the information gap between government and the governed, through effective feedback mechanism, charging information managers to properly research the ability and skills needed to communicate government policies and programmes through the appropriate medium for effective dissemination to the populace.
According to him, “journalists are privy to liberation struggles, hence, the need to understand the roles assigned to them in promoting unity, stability and preserving the integrity of the African continent and its institutions of governance”.
In his keynote address, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abiodun Awere, said just as food is important to the body, so also is information to the soul, hence, the need for effective information management.
The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Information, Public Enlightenment, Mr. Babatunde Kassim, said the retreat was apt, as Ogun State Government was committed to the capacity building of its workforce to further promote cross fertilization of ideas.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ogun State Ministry of Information Chapel, Mr. Wole Dosumu, appealed to government to make a robust insurance policy plan for its workforce, who he noted, would enable optimal performance.
In her contribution, the Editor, Ogun State Information Service, Mrs. Adeyinka Musa-Richard, appreciated Ogun State and Ghana Governments for financial support and hospitality accorded to the journalists.