Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Eze Chikamnayo has counselled the Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, OMPAN not to be retrogressive in their activities but through their functions, form a symbiotic relationship with the government.
Speaking in his office when the new executive of OMPAN Abia State chapter paid a courtesy visit, Chief Chikamnayo also reminded them that a thorough breed Journalists is a catalyst and a facilitator.
Chikamnayo who harped on professionalism and development Journalism, encouraged the OMPAN to aim at becoming partners in progress with the government and other development agencies.
His words, “Become a catalyst of boosting development in Abia State. Eschew confrontation, eschew 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 Anyanwu said that their role as a watchdog in the society will be never be compromised even as the body put more effort to partner the government to ensure things work properly in the society.
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