Work pattern has changed in the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Strategy as the Commissioner, Mr. Charles Udoh doled out cash gifts, plaques and certificates of recognition to staff who exhibited outstanding performance in the Ministry.
The event which took place at the conference hall of the Information Ministry today witnessed the recognition of ten Information Officers in the various departments of government who showed tremendous efforts in their reportage of the State Government’s events.
Addressing the staff before the presentation of the awards, the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Mr. Charles Udoh, extolled the Information Officers for their sacrifices which has helped reshape the working pattern of the Ministry since his resumption.
He said the event was organized to spur staff of the Ministry to go extra miles in the performance of their duties, noting that information management and dissemination is a collective responsibility.
The Information Commissioner disclosed that he has revamped the State government’s information website through setting up a monitoring team headed by Directors in the Ministry, adding that, his dream is to make the Akwa Ibom State information website the best in the country.
He lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for his prompt payment of staff salaries as well as maintaining the policy of free and compulsory education and free, accessible medical care in the State, despite the dwindling economy.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Pastor Praise Okon commended the Commissioner for his strategic, commitment spirit and all inclusive leadership style which has sparked a result-oriented spirit among the staff of the Ministry.
Pastor Okon thanked the Commissioner for introducing the award giving ceremony which according to him , is the first of its kind in the Ministry. He said the staff were judged based on the quality of their reports.
While declaring the staff readiness to compliment the efforts of Information Commissioner for the good of the State, the Permanent Secretary mentioned that the award giving ceremony will be a quarterly event in the Ministry.
In the award categories, Mr. Uwem Kerns of the Government Information Unit, Glory Ukut, Ministry, Department and Agencies and Umana Ubeng of the Local government Areas information units emerged Best Information Officers of the 2017 first quarter and were given plaques, cash prize of 20,000 and certificates of recognition.
Others were: Lilian Mbong, Evelyn Aniedi Ibanga, Edifon-Abasi Obot, Ubon Ntekim, Happy Nkan, Cletus Udoh, and Charity Joseph with 10,000 and 5,000 cash prize and certificates respectively.