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OMPAN 2018: Uche Nwosu Charges Online Media Practitioners to Engage in Constructive Criticism

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Chief of Staff Imo Government House, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has emphasized the need for Online Media Practitioners to constructively criticize government policies and programs.

Uche Nwosu gave this charge through his SA of Employment and Job Creation, Hon Remy Chukwunyere, who represented him at the maiden National Convention of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, OMPAN held on Friday, 30th March, 2018, in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

He said that since bloggers are opinion moulders whose reportage can guide government policies and effect change in the system, they should be objective and eschew misrepresentation of facts.

The Chief of Staff stressed that the Rescue Mission Government of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has recorded tremendous achievements that are largely underreported and misrepresented.

Since many especially those in the diaspora are unaware of these life-changing achievements, it, therefore, behoves the online media practitioners to help objectively disseminate the information to the world.

He asked them not to limit their activities to only social media platforms like Facebook and Tweeter, but encouraged them to own their personal website or blog through which they can earn income and be self-employed. In his own remark, the Commissioner for Information, Prof Nnamdi Obiareri who represented the Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha welcomed the online media practitioners and explained that his Boss was unavoidably absent due to earlier primary state engagements.

Prof. Obiareri thanked them for choosing the state as venue for the maiden National convention as it availed them the opportunity to see for themselves the unprecedented achievements of Gov. Okorocha which every local government and Senatorial zones are beneficiaries.

He informed that Gov. Okorocha’s government is people-oriented and takes welfare of the people of the state as priority. For this reason, the governor introduced free education from primary to tertiary levels and sustained it for 7 years. He also built 27 General Hospitals, implemented the urban renewal policy, employed many into the civil service, and made 305 Imo Youths millionaires.

The Commissioner added that Gov. Okorocha practices home grown model of governance and devolves power to the grassroots. Thus, over 600 traditional leaders recognized by the government are in charge of governance in their respective communities and over 30 Commissioners appointed to ensure equal representation and participation in governance. Young people are also given the opportunity to participate in governance.

Noting that he also served as commissioner under Chief Achike Udenwa and Chief Ikedi Ohakim, the Commissioner attested that Governor Okorocha’s achievements outweighs that of his predecessors

Prof Obiarere who finally declared the convention open on behalf of the Governor, cautioned the media practitioners against blackmailing people with the content of their blog which has legal implications.

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