All government workers recently promoted into managerial position in the State Civil Service have been urged to demonstrate high leadership skills and good ethical conduct in their new higher level.
The commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, gave the charge Tuesday, while addressing state government information officers at the NUJ Press Centre, Information Drive off IBB Way in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Comrade Ini Ememobong currently on official engagement outside the country, said with promotion into the director’s cadre, it behoves on the officers to gain new orientation for the new office and exhibit those leadership traits and ethical conduct befitting of the managerial position, expected of them.
Speaking through virtual communication technology, Comrade Ini Ememobong congratulated the newly promoted assistant directors and deputy directors and urged them to show themselves worthy of the new office in their character, professional performance and in the management of both human and material resources that will be put under their purview.
The state information helmsman who used the occasion to formerly present the new permanent secretary, Akparawa James Edet, and the new director of information, Mrs Blessing Urua, to the state government information officers congratulated them on the well deserved appointment, stressing that the appointment of Mrs Blessing Urua was by merit and seniority in office.
He urged all information officers to proof their mettle in the discharge of their duties at their different MDAs and LGAs and harped on the need for all assistant directors to be assigned to the different directorates of the ministry to understudy directors for proficiency and career progression.
Speaking, the permanent secretary, Akparawa James Edet,expressed deep appreciation to the commissioner for being instrumental to the positive energy and changes in the ministry emphasizing that, his re-assignment to the Ministry of Information and Strategy has been a great boost to his career progression with the resultant appointment as the permanent secretary in the State Civil Service.
Akparawa James Edet thanked the information officers for turning out in their numbers for the meeting and urged them to be committed and dedicated to their duties as government ambassadors in their different MDAs and LGAs and solicited for their cooperation and support to enable the ministry continue to excel on its service delivery mandate.
Also speaking, the new director of information, Mrs. Blessing Urua, expressed gratitude to God on her appointment which she said is divinely ordained and thanked the commissioner, permanent secretary and directors for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to do her best to justify her appointment.
She charged the information officers to live above boards in the discharge of their duties stating with optimism that with their support and cooperation, the ministry will be able to contribute their quota towards the success of the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
In their separate remarks, the newly appointed director of technical services, Elder Joseph Etem and the director of strategy, Mr. Aniekan Ukpong, expressed appreciation to the commissioner for their new position, which according to them is a call to higher service.
They thanked the management staff for their support and called on the information officers to be alive to their responsibilities inorder to contribute maximally to the overall success of the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
In a vote of thanks, the information officer in the Office of the Head of Civil Service, Edem Okon, expressed deep appreciation to the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, for the numerous training programmes he has brought to staff of the ministry and other laudable initiatives that has placed the ministry on a very high pedestal.
Present at the occasion which featured interactive session by the information officers, were: directors in the ministry, including: the director of public relations, Mrs. Grace Akpan;director of administration, Mrs.Tiuba Nduonofit; director of archives, Mr Edet Nsungwara; and director of finance and accounts, Mrs. Stella Akpanekwere.