From Andrew Ajijah, Jos
The newly appointed Commissioner of Information in Plateau State, Musa Ashoms has solicited cooperation of journalists in the state to enable him succeed as image maker of government.
Mr Ashoms made the appeal on Monday, when he paid a courtesy visit on the executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau State Council.
The Information Commissioner promised to revive the monthly press briefing as a means of projecting government policies and programmes.
He assured journalists of an open door policy and solicited for a cordial working relationship and appealed for objective reportage.
Responding on behalf of members, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau State Council, Mr Paul Jatau, told the commissioner that he is the member of the state EXCO to have visited NUJ in the last six years without formal invitation.
Mr Paul Jatau called on the Commissioner to accord all journalists in the state the needed enabling environment to carry out their duties without difficulties.
The NUJ Chairman tasked journalists to promote activities of government through the office of the commissioner.
Earlier, during a familiarisation tour of the Ministry of Information, preparatory to his resumption of office next Wednesday, the commissioner told management staff at the ministry that his administration will not condone laxity from anyone.
He therefore, solicited for a cordial working relationship with the entire staff and all media practitioners in the state.
He assured that the vision and policies of the Governor Caleb Mutfwang-led administration should be implemented for positive development of the entire state.
Mr Ashoms observed with dismay that the office of the commissioner was not befitting and called for its urgent upgrade.
In his address during the tour, Director, New Media, Mr Wulime Goyit assured the commissioner of maximum cooperation.
Wulime said that both the management and staff of the Ministry of Information are prepared to work with state’s image maker to achieve set goals.