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Adamawa state Government has commended USAID Nigeria State2State for organizing a training workshop that is aimed at improving active participation and relevance of Information Officers in their various MDAs in the state. 

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Solomon Kumagar stated this at the end of a three days training workshop for information officers held Golden Alpine from 2th to 26th June in Yola.

He said " the need for information officers to understand their roles in  communication procedures and disseminating information can never be overemphasized"

Represented by the Director ICT in the Ministry, Alhaji Abdullahi Yenusa, the PS said whatever resolution and recommendation reached on the standard operating procedures will be implemented in the state.

Mr Kumagar charged participants to use the knowledge acquired during the three day training to improve their work as information officers in order to laud the image of the government. " you are the image maker of the state" he said.

Nneka Acholonu-Egbuna, the communication specialist, State2State, one of the Resource Persons said the three day workshop organized by USAID Nigeria State2State accountability effectiveness activities for information officers in MDAs in Adamawa is to update and educate the information officers on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) while carrying out their duties.

Mrs. Nneka Acholonu-Egbuna disclosed that the need became necessarry after an assessment was carried out and the result shows that  information officers in most MDAs are being relegated and not allowed to carry out their official duties as expected.

The training workshop with the theme, "Development Of Standard Operating Procedure For Ministry -Level Communication In Adamawa state" aimed at tilting  information officers towards understanding and carry out their functions effectively in their various MDAs in Adamawa.

The training also afforded the participants to have an input formulating the SOP  that will improve communication process and disseminating of information using the conventional and social media for the development of the state.

Speaking to the News Tribune, Mr. Baba Zare, Head of Media in Adamawa state Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)  said, the workshop was timely and has broaden the knowledge of I.Os on how they can create impact in the information dessemination in their offices both internal and external.

He commended USAID Nigeria and State2State for organizing the training workshop , stressing that the knowledge acquired will further encourage information officers to put in their best.

Another participant, Ms. Sammeni Kamsobbi  thanked the organizers of the training, noting "the training has impacted more confident in me"  I will urged government to partner with NGOs like this to educate and improve the workings of various units in government offices.

The high point of the training was the formulation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which was adopted by the Adamawa state Ministry of Information and Strategy.

Participants were drawn for Ministry, Departments and Agencies as well as the media in Adamawa.

Austin Ajayi.
Snr. Correspondent.
Nigeria Tribune

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