A’Ibom Govt. Stops Press Interviews without Governor’s Assent

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The government of Akwa Ibom State has stopped its principal officers from attending to press interviews without the Governor’s consent.

The government of Akwa Ibom State has stopped its principal officers from attending to press interviews without the Governor’s consent.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, on Wednesday, May, 8.

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The directive which is to be complied with immediately, is aimed at ensuring a coordinated approach to information management and dissemination in the state.

It reads in part: “as part of efforts to streamline and ensure a coordinated approach to information management and dissemination, the Akwa Ibom State Government has directed that all government functionaries, including Commissioners, Special Advisers, Members of Boards and Commissions, Special Assistants and other Personal Aides of the Governor, to  desist from granting press interviews without the permission of the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel”.

However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, and the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, are exempted from the embargo.

“The Honorable Commissioner for Information and Strategy as well as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor are exempted from this directive. They will continue to carry out their functions accordingly as the spokespersons to the State Government and His Excellency the Governor respectively”.