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Kebbi: Information Commissioner meets journalists, to rehabilitate moribund media organisations

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Kebbi: Information Commissioner meets journalists, to rehabilitate moribund media organisations

The new Commissioner of Information and Culture in Kebbi, Yakubu Ahmed-BK, has solicited for the support and cooperation of the media in projecting the state and government programmes.

The commissioner made the appeal at a meeting with working journalists in the state on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi.

“I will like to assure you gentleman of the press that I am here to change the narratives and open a completely new chapter in the way this place is administered.

” I am here to deliver, to change the mindset, to join hands with all stakeholders in the business of information generation and dissemination that will be tailored towards publicizing the activities of the APC administration,” he said.

Ahmed-BK said that the cooperation of journalists and all stakeholders would help the state to move forward, adding that the working journalists should carry out their duties professionally and responsibly.

He assured that the ministry and working journalists would work out a template and framework of action to be pursued over time.

The commissioner expressed concern at the level of decay of government-owned media organisations in the state, saying they “need dose of surgical operation to be properly operational”.

“In fact, in their case, digitalization of their operations, logistics, infrastructure and transmission equipment upgrade and calibration is almost a must if we truly desire to play our roles as educators, entertainers and moulders of public opinion.

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“The government printing press in particular has being left to waste over the years such that it no longer plays its traditional and statutory role and functions to both the government and its traditional customer base amongst the populace.

“All these problems and challenges that have reared their heads and successfully block the oxygen pipe of these organs have been allowed to fester, making it virtually impossible for them to breath for survival.

“All the organizations that are under this important Ministry like the History Bureau, the cultural department have similar problems,” he added.

The commissioner said he would ensure that the organisations are rehabilitated and made fully functional to serve the interest of Kebbi people.

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