The Akwa Ibom commissioner for information and strategy has urged the National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers, NUPPPROW, Akwa Ibom State branch to join hands with government to build our state, Akwa Ibom.
Comrade Ini Ememobong stated this during a courtesy visit on him by the union at the conference room of the ministry, recently..
Represented by the director of infornatiob who is covering the duties of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Akparawa James Edet, the commissioner stated that, NUPPPROW was a great partner in the duties of disseminating government’s information and appreciated every stakeholder in the business of disseminating government information.
Ememobong lauded the Union for its contributions to the state, nation and the globe by disseminating information through books, newspapers and magazines and stressed that the state government was concerned about the operations of the printing sector.
He said the ministry under his leadership would work together with the state government to improve upon the facilities and infrastructures at the Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, (AKNC), and the Government Printing Press, based on the availability of resources.
The commissioner reiterated that, provision of conducive working environment to workers and staff welfare were paramount in government scheme and that his ministry was working on modalities to improve upon the welfare of staff within the confines of government.
The state chairman of NUPPPROW, Comrade Itoro Effiong, thanked the commissioner for giving them the audience and acknowledged with gladness that, the commissioner has brought so much innovations and creativity to the Information sector.
He appreciated the state government for the invaluable role in the sustenance of AKNC and presented the demands of the union in such areas as: staff welfare and refurbishing of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Cooperation and government printing press.
The chairman NUPPPROW, Private sector, Comrade Ikemesit Akpan stated that NUPPPROW was so grateful to the commissioner, permanent secretary, directors and the the ministry for the audience given them and believed that with God all challenges would be surmounted.
He expressed optimism that, the demands put forward by the Union would be looked into and solicited government’s patronage of the private sector.
The director of public relations in the ministry, Mrs Grace Akpan, appreciated members of NUPPPROW for coming to the ministry to share their thoughts and assured NUPPPROW that with the vibrant commissioner, Ememobong, their requests would be favourably considered.
She urged members of the Union to remain good ambassadors of the ministry as it they were stakeholders of the information sector, imploring that NUPPPROW should represent the ministry well by maintaining the peace that “we all are enjoying in the state.”
In attendance were: the dean, college of directors and director, technical services, Mrs Blessing Urua, the directors of administration, Mrs Tiuba Nduonofit; archives, Mr Edet Nkukwara; deputy director of information, Mr Aniekan Ukpong; Comrade Emmanuel John, state ex-officio of NUPPPROW and Comrade Susan John, state Woman Leader NUPPPROW among other state NUPPPROW executive members.