Ekiti State Government has held a one day training programme for Local
Government Information and Community Officers to boost their capacity
to engage the people at the grassroots in communicating government
policies, programmes and activities .
Speaking during the training programme organized by her office themed
“Government Information Management and Community Engagement”, the
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Communications,
Mrs. Mary Oso-Omotoso reiterated the commitment of the Governor Oyebanji led
administration to an all-encompassing governance that would not leave
anyone behind, stressing that the focus was to ensure free flow of
information between the government and the people.
She recalled that the State Government recently launched a feedback
channel as a window to have insight into the happenings at the
grassroots with a view to addressing possible problems or challenges,
emphasizing that the present administration is committed to ensuring
genuine feedback from the people.
Omotoso said that the peculiar position of the Local Government
Information Officers as the closest information managers to the people
at the grassroots made it imperative for Government to partner them
for not only effective creation of awareness but also sustaining the
relationship between the Government and the people.
The Governor’s aide who said the technical session will not be a one –
off event advised the participants at the workshop to take advantage
of the opportunity provided by the training programme to broaden their
horizon for better service delivery and justify the investment in them
by utilizing the knowledge acquired to help improve government- people
relationship in their various local governments.
The Director, Community and Social Department of Efon Local
Government, Mr. Adekola Abdulrasaq who spoke on behalf of the
participants at the workshop, expressed appreciation to Governor Oyebanji for
making such impactful training program possible which he described
as first of its kind and a recognition of the importance of Local
Government Information and Community
Officers to Community relations.
He pledged that they would judiciously utilize knowledge acquired at
the programme to improve their efficiency towards achieving the
The technical session had Mrs. Oluwatimilehin Adaeze, founder,
Triumphant Health & Development Initiative and Ms Oluwatumininu
Adedeji, Founder, Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable
Development, BIGIF as facilitators .