By CELESTINE ATTSAR
THE Plateau State House on Assembly Committee of Information has called for partnership with government organizations in the state to make the public understand the activities of government in good image.
The committee stated this through its chairman and member representing Pankshin South Constituency in the Assembly, Hon. Philip Dasun during a familiarization visit to Ministry of Information, Plateau Radio and Television Corporation, THE NIGERIA STANDARD, SUNDAY STANDARD, the state Library Board and the Government Printing Press.
Hon. Dasun said as agent of government information dissemination organization they need to work hard to make government programmes and information Known to the public to avoid misconception or suspicion.
According to him, the committee is aware of the challenges faced by them but that should not deter them from putting in their best as government mouthpiece.
Hon. Dasun who was with other members of the committee assured the organizations of the cooperation of the committee to see that their challenges are given proper attention to make them function well adding that the visit was to get a first-hand information and to establish a very good cordial relationship with them.
At the state Ministry of Information, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dan Manjang said information is a very powerful asset that is very important in any government and with the support from the committee and the entire House membership, they are going to achieve success.
The Commissioner explained to the committee the Supreme Court judgement of the stool of Sum Pyem which he said the ruling is declarative not mandatory, adding that Arch Itudu Manono can still approach the court to seek his mandate and when that is done, he will be sworn in immediately by the Governor.
According to him, the Ministry is not an image laundering institution, but always speaking with facts.
The General Manager, Plateau Radio Television Corporation, Mr. Japhta Jackden while responding to the address by the committee said there is great advantage to use the media by legislature in reaching to their constituents.
He said as government agency for information dissemination they have made it a duty to promote peace and to set agenda for the government mostly in their programmes.
While speaking on their challenge, the General Manager said their challenge range from lack of staffing, obsolete equipment and power shortage among others.
While at the premises of Plateau State Publishing Corporation, the Interim Administrator, Mrs. Yankat Wannang explained that despite numerous challenges the corporation has continued to inform the public on the activities of government and society in general through its publications.
She informed the committee that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Plateau Investment and Property Corporation (PIPC) which will help in revamping the Corporation very soon.
At the state Library Board, the Acting State Librarian, Mr. Simon Mwanti, the committee that the library has not received one Kobo for the past eleven years, from its budgetary allocation which has hindered their operation.
Also at the Government Printing Press the committee was led by Mr. Bulus Goshit the Government Printer, that government had paid the balance of the printing machine secured for the organization and what is remaining is the installation of the new Printing Press and more staff to be employed especially, technical staff.