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Tell Your Principals The Truth, Lagos Urges Govt Media Aides

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 at 10:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chief Press Secretaries and Media Advisors to government officials have been charged to always tell their principals the truth as well as advise them professionally at all times.
A Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Ministry of Information,  Mr. Folarin Adeyemi gave the advice during the opening of a four-day training workshop for Chief Press Secretaries and Media Advisors of Governors of the 17 southern states of the country at  Colonades Hotel, on Alfred Rewane Street (former Kingsway Road), Ikoyi, Lagos.
The training funded by the United States Consulate had earlier held two similar workshops in Abuja and Kaduna for spokespersons of Federal Government agencies and the 19 northern states respectively.
The training wirkshop is in response to  President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s request for the training of government spokespersons at all levels as part of efforts to deepen information management beetween the government and the citizenry and also adequately prepare the media aides in their job of relaying information concerning the government to the people.
Adeyemi who represented the Lagos State Commissioner for Information m Mr. Steve Ayorinde said that as professionals,  the  role of Media Aides was not to defend their principal but rather to give him the best professional advice on how to handle situations as they arose.
Earlier in her remarks, the Public Affairs Officer of the United States Consulate General, Dehab Ghebreab said that the United States Mission in Nigeria would continue to assist the press in the country and government media aides “to enhance their their skills to better serve the Nigerian people. These types of workshops and U.S. based training opportunities that we offer through the International Visitor Leadership Program and other Programs demonstrate our commitment to deep partnership that we have longe enjoyed with Nigeria. ”
She said that the training would put emphasis on “countering radical narratives and helping you to create a strong network of colleagues throughout the government of Nigeria.
“Effective government press operations are critical the federal,  state and local levels to communicating clear and timely information to the public. Your ability to deliver President Buhari ‘ s message about counter terrorism,  ending corruption and furthering economic development are important to the future of Nigeria. ”
A U.S. media consultant and a former spokesperson for the United Nations, Eduardo Cue, who facilitated the workshop urged the Chief Press Secretaries and Media Advisors to take the training seriously as it would help them perform their duties better.