The Imo State government has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN in the promotion of the state government’s programmes and policies. The governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha ably represented by the Secretary to the Government Sir Jude Ejiogu gave this charge while declaring open the 2015 FRCN SERVICOM Conference held at Owerri.
The governor thanked the organizers for chosing Owerri as the venue of the conference and promised them adequate hospitality. The SGI expressed the government’s appreciation towards the coverages of its events so far, he stated that more needs to be done especially in the incorporation of Mid-day Prayers into the programmes of Heartland FM. He equally called for adequate coverage of the activities of Community Government Councils which is aimed at bringing development down to the grassroots. Sir Ejiogu promised that the government will be their partners in progress in the actualization of its goal of prompt service delivery which is the theme of the conference.
Earlier, the Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation, Dr Ladan Salihu stated that the choice of Imo State for the conference was apt considering the dividends of democracy inherent in the state especially in the areas of education and infrastructure, describing Imo as a wonder land in Eastern part of Nigeria. On the theme of the conference, he described service delivery as a sum total of energies and efforts put together in a manner that will bring about effectiveness and efficiency in news coverage and work in general. The DG pointed that it is imperative for every reporter to file his report within 24 hours to avoid making the story staled as what makes a news is the newness in it. He further enjoined the participants to be agents of change and close the gap between the leaders and the led.
Delivering the lecture titled “The role of Radio in achieving government’s service delivery initiative” One of the resource persons and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo described radio as the most effective and efficient means of reaching to the people because of its ability of getting to the hinterlands where other media outfits can’t reach, pointing that its roles cannot be over-emphasized.
Speaking further the immediate past Chairman of NUJ Imo Chapter, Chief Fidel Onyeneke pointed to the fact that commercialization has really affected service delivery as most radio stations airs only sponsored stories at the detriment of quality and factual ones.
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