The Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong,on Wednesday 19th August, 2020, in a spontaneous show of kindness, launched a NI million Cooperative fund for independent publishers in the state.
Comrade Ini Ememobong floated the scheme during a courtesy call on him by Independent publishers in the state held in the Conference room of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo.
The Commissioner who thanked the publishers for the support so far, charged them to remain responsible and circumspect in the discharge of their duty.
Comrade Ememobong announced an initial take-off capital of One Million Naira for a Cooperative society for the publishers noting that Governor Udom Emmanuel is concerned about the welfare of media practioners at all times and solicited cooperation from them for the good of the State.
According to the Commissioner, the Co-operative will be encouraged to swell through more support, and challenged the body on accountability and discipline, in order to meet the aim of loans to members in need.
He informed the publishers that his Ministry has made arrangements with relevant institutions for workshops for journalists in the State of which the publishers are integral part.
He directed that a five-man steering committee should be constituted, reflecting all shades of publishers so that the interest of everyone will be protected in all activities, plans and programmes of Government.
The Commissioner particularly assured them that they will be part of the anniversary activities of the State to the extent government wants it to be celebrated.
The Newspaper publishers had said the appointment of Comrade Ini Ememobong as the Commissioner for Information & Strategy shows that Governor Udom Emmanuel knew the desire of the media practitioners in the State perfectly.
They stated that the enormous goodwill garnered by Comrade Ememobong will be a unique selling point in the task of image making of Akwa Ibom State and congratulated the Commissioner for the well deserved appointment.
In their separate speeches, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Comrade Amos Etuk, and other publishers which reflected all sub-sets of the publishers emphasized that, Comrade Ini Ememobong signals a new beginning for the Ministry of Information Strategy and indeed Akwa Ibom State as a whole.
They assured of guidance by the ethical bent of the pen profession in their practice, and appealed to Government to always carry publishers and journalists along in all its programmes and activities.
Present at the event were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Inyang Jameson and Directors.