The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ministry of Information Chapel, Ogun State, has been assured of adequate support to boost the practice of the pen profession.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile who gave this assurance during a courtesy call at his office, said his door is open and would be willing to have a good working relationship with the union.
The visit, which is to familiarise the executive members of the Chapel with the Commissioner was also intended to brief him on the activities outlined for the union’s upcoming Press Week, slated to commence in December this year.
Odusile in his address, enjoined the team to take leadership seriously, as it comes with huge responsibility, adding that “successful leadership is by observing leaders”.
Earlier in his presentation, the Chairman, Ogun NUJ Information Chapel, Comrade ’Wale Olanrewaju expressed confidence in the Commissioner, noting that his wealth of experience as a seasoned journalist and his leadership capacities would be of immense benefit to journalists in the ministry.
He said the Press week with the theme; ‘Our Culture, our Pride: The Role of Media in Sustaining African Heritage’ would be all-encompassing, seeking for the support of the State government to make it a success.
“Our visit is premised on the confidence in your leadership and sphere of influence which we hope to benefit from, especially in our preparation towards the forthcoming Press Week. We shall spare no effort nor strength to do all that is required of us to emerge successful in all our programmes and more importantly in this profession”, he said.
Speaking on the career progression of Information Officers, Comrade Olanrewaju called for the creation of Directorate of Information in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), adding that neighbouring Lagos and Oyo States Civil Service have Directors of Information in all their MDAs, including the office of the Governors.
He pleaded with the Commissioner to help in achieving this aspiration of members, assuring that moves towards the feat would receive proper attention.