The Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barr. Chief Eze Chikamnayo has congratulated the newly elected executives of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Abia State chapter. This took place as the newly elected executives paid a courtesy visit to the commissioner in his office on Thursday, April 7 2022.
During the visit, the commissioner counselled the Online Media Practitioners not to be retrogressive in their activities but through their functions, form a symbiotic relationship with the government. He also reminded them that a thorough bred Journalists is a catalyst and a facilitator.
Chikamnayo who harped on professionalism and development Journalism, encouraged online media practitioners in Abia State to aim at becoming partners in progress with the government and other development agencies.
His words, “Become a catalyst of boosting development in Abia State. Eschew confrontation, eschew mischief, promote growth and promote anabolism, so that in a symbiotic way OMPAN and Abia State Government will help in the service of our people.
“Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu is a lover of Journalism. There is no governor in Nigeria today that has given the press unfiltered atmosphere to practice more than Gov. Ikpeazu. He believes in the protection and preservation of the rights of expression. Abia State today ranks first among others when it comes to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
“In Abia, freedom of speech is allowed and freedom after speech is guaranteed”.
Chief Chikamnayo further advised the association to focus on growth, development and on what will build “Our society and give us greater dividends”.
Earlier in his speech, the new Chairman of Abia OMPAN, Comrade Paddy Anyatonwu said that the role of the association as a watchdog in the society will never be compromised even as the body put more effort to partner with the government to ensure development in Abia State.