The Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Strategy (MOI&S) may have concluded plans to set up jingles and documentary production unit, paradigm shift in the Ministry’s core functions stated as major reason behind the move.
The hint was dropped by the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, during a week-long workshop for Government Information Officers (GIOs) and affiliate staff on Radio/Television Jingles and Documentary Production, which took place at the Ministry’s Headquarters at Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat in Uyo
Ememobong, who maintained that it was his earnest desire to see that the Ministry continues to break new grounds through efficient workforce, said it was more productive to identify officers with a niche and train them accordingly, hence the workshop.
“Currently, we’re looking at establishing jingles and documentary unit as well as a Language Unit, and it is from this training that we would be able to identify the people with requisite skills that we can send to head those new units. Therefore, this training will afford you the opportunity to acquire the basic skill sets that will help us to vet and also process our materials before they are sent to APCON,” he disclosed.
On his part, the permanent secretary, Akparawa James Edet,said he was marveled at the quality of jingles and script already churned out by information officers based on the knowledge garnered within few days into the workshop.
“The essence of this workshop was to properly and effectively groom GIOs to the extent that they would be able to work within the Government Information Management System, especially in the direction of generating broadcast content like jingles and documentaries for radio and TV”.
Meanwhile, the resource person, a movie and documentary expert and a foremost Nollywood director, Newton Barbara, has said that he was not in doubt of the abilities of the participants to produce compelling contents for radio and TV, citing passion and their abilities to learn fast through hands-on-experience, which he said was demonstrated during the workshop.
Also speaking, a male beneficiary of the workshop and information officer deployed to the State Ministry of Justice, Okon Edet, who is also the chairman of the State Information Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that he was now well equipped with necessary skills to produce jingles for his Ministry, especially on the issues of rape and gender based violence against women.
Edet, who on behalf of other participants appreciated the commissioner and his management team for coming up with series of trainings including the just concluded one, expressed optimism that the move will impact positively on the output of information officers in their various Ministries.
He pledged to effectively deploy the skills garnered during the workshop to improve on his tasks.
The workshop, which was sponsored by the MOI&S,commenced last Monday, and lasted through Friday, with focus on the concept of script writing, script research, voice-over training, videography and general editing, also featured fieldtrips where participants were exposed to the rudiments of gathering and mechanisation of materials for jingles and documentaries for both radio and television.
Participants were issued certificates at the end of the workshop.