Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Eze Chikamnayo has called for a symbiotic relationship between members of the Abia State chapter of the Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPAN) and the state government.
Speaking in his office when the new executive of OMPAN paid him a courtesy visit, Chikamnayo who harped on professionalism and development Journalism, also reminded information managers of the need in joining hands with the state government to boost the growth of the state.
His words, “Become a catalyst of boosting development in Abia State. Eschew confrontation, mischief. Promote growth and promote anabolism, so that in a symbiotic way OMPAN and Abia State Government will help in the service of our people.
“Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu is a lover of Journalism. There is no governor in Nigeria today that has given the press unfiltered atmosphere to practice more than Gov. Ikpeazu.
“He believes in the protection and preservation of the rights of expression. Abia State today ranks first among others when it comes to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
“In Abia, freedom of speech is allowed and freedom after speech is guaranteed”.
Chief Chikamnayo further advised the OMPAN to focus on growth, development and on what will build “Our society and give us greater dividends”.
Earlier in his speech, the new Chairman of Abia OMPAN, Comrade Paddy Anyatonwu said that their role as a watchdog in the society would never be compromised.
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This is even as Anyatonwu assured that the body would join hands with the government in ensuring a better Abia.