Imo Information Commissioner commends Christian Voice … Says newspaper’s editorial policy is balanced, mature and professional

The Imo State Commissioner for Information, Engr Obinna Nshirim, is thrilled by the editorial policy of Christian Voice Newspaper which, he said, was balanced, mature and professional.
Nshirim, who visited the newspaper staff and management recently, as part of his tour of media outfits in the state, said that the manner the paper has been handling issues showed ‘that it is truly Christian’.
He was particularly pleased that the newspaper presented facts about the new airline, Imo Air, floated by the administration of Gov Rochas Okorocha and did a balanced analysis rather than cast aspersions.
The commissioner lamented that the present dispensation in the state is not being appreciated as it should be, insisting that Gov. Okorocha is someone who does not like being restricted by circumstances in taking developmental strides.
According to him, the governor had gone under the umbrella of Dana Air to float the first ever airline in the state, knowing that the state had no licence to run an airline.
“We owe him commendation for his free education programme”, he said, adding that other programmes such as the palm development (Ikuola Nkwu) scheme where he made available the sum of N.3million to each autonomous community, as well as his urban renewal and road development programmes are worthy of commendation.
He, however, blamed the situation on the communication gap between government and the media and called for better understanding and cooperation of the press in an effort to ensure that the people access factual information from the government.
“I come with an olive branch, not as a conquering warrior.  I want you to help me to be successful’, he said, calling for constructive criticisms where there are faults and praises for good policies.
He appealed to the press to stress the goodness of the free education programme so that another administration would not mess it up after the Rescue Mission had served out its term.
In his response, the Managing Editor of Christian Voice Newspaper, Sir Martin Ebe, called for improved relationship between the press and the government, adding that if the press is briefed regularly on government activities, the press would take the message down to the grassroots and the communication gap will be closed.
He advised that government should change its style, be more people-friendly and should carry the people along in whatever programmes it was introducing.
According to him, faith-based newspapers penetrate the communities and are easily found on the tables of the common people.
He personally commended the governor for his achievements in the state so far and assured the commissioner of the cooperation of Christian Voice in the effort to transform the state within the tenets of the profession.

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