Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Information comrade Ini Ememobong has charged Journalists from National Media Houses covering the state to always make inquiries about the development blueprint of Governor Umo Eno in the state.
Speaking during the maiden interactive session with members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state on Monday, Ememobong said such inquiries will enable the media to understand government developments strategy and interpret same to the people.
Ememobong who was accompanied by some Directors in the Ministry of Information disclosed that Umo is using A-R-I-S-E acronym to explain the five-point thrust for development in critical sectors in the state.
He interpreted the A-R-I-S-E acronym to mean Agriculture, Rural Development, Infrastructure, Security, Economy, Health and Education as major thrust of the development plan in the state.
He informed the media that the administration would look forward to their support through agenda setting, feed-forward and feedback devoid of malice and sentiment.
In his words “People in representative capacity interrogated the A-R-I-S-E document and now accept it as the working document of this administration.
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“Therefore the transition between being the private document, the political party agenda to an economic blueprint of government is why I am here.
“And very simply, the government should be judged by this. This has become a social contract and if you read the agenda, you will discover that it is a thoroughly crafted agenda with points and with action points, and aspirations clearly listed.
“So the marketing of this agenda is the duty of the Ministry of Information, but the interrogation of this agenda is the duty of the press and you are well positioned to Interrogate.
“You need to know what it stands for, what it represents, what it promises so that you can use it to hold the government to account.
Ememobong promised to avail himself for interrogation on issues across the agenda of the administration and further explained that A-R-I-S-E blueprint has many focal areas that government will concentrate on during its implementation.
He said the five-point document has 18 focal areas that are drawn from these five aspirations.
“Agricultural revolution, environmental management, rural development and youth empowerment, Infrastructure Maintenance and advancement, security management, quality educational and health sector management, economic, industrial and social advancement”. He said
The Commissioner regretted that vandalism has continued to frustrate government efforts to develop some rural communities, and charged the media to consistently advocate for community ownership on projects located in areas across the state.
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