By VICTOR GAI
The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, has called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to place adverts on State-owned media houses and also pay for such adverts, as a way of sustaining them.
Manjang made the plea in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY STANDARD in Jos on Thursday.
According to the Commissioner, the decision by MDAs to patronize other media houses instead of the state-owned media houses, was the reason why they remained comatose.
“Let me appeal to government MDAs that they should take those places: Plateau Publishing Corporation, Government Printer, as commercial ventures. You don’t expect adverts to be placed for you and you don’t pay. You are killing the place”, he pointed, while also asking “why do the private ones thrive and government own don’t?”
He then disclosed that the Plateau Investment and Properties Development Company (PIPC) has intervened in the PPC matter and that “very soon the story is going to change”.
“We will drive PIPC to make sure that they do the needful because an MoU has been signed and they are taking over the total overhaul of that place,…as I talk to you now, approval is being made. It is not only PPC, PRTVC and even the Government Printer. They are money spinning Agencies”, he added.
The Commissioner who once served as a journalist also revealed his mission in the Ministry.
“There are some of our colleagues that hoard information to journalists. Let them give us the statistics, we would do it.
We are going to galvanise them and make sure that the correct information goes. I am here to make sure that we create a correct relationship between the press and government. We have PRTVC, we have THE NIGERIA STANDARD.
We would begin from there before we go to the private ones. We have the Freedom of Information Act, I am not here to hoard information. What I appeal is that we should employ professionalism. The code of ethics should be our guiding principle. Try and clear all your stories. Don’t go to press with half information, it is unprofessional”, he concluded.