The Akwa Ibom State government has ordered all commissioners, government appointees and other officials of government to henceforth desist from granting any form of press interview from the press except with the express permission from the governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel. In a release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the government said it has become expedient for the ban to ensure a coordinated approach to government information dissemination.
Exempted from the ban are the state commissioner for information and the chief press secretary to the governor.
Part of the statement reads:
“As part of efforts to streamline and ensure a coordinated approach to information management and dissemination, the Akwa Ibom State Government has directed that all government functionaries, including Commissioners, Special Advisers, Members of Boards and Commissions, Special Assistants and other Personal Aides of the Governor, should henceforth desist from granting press interviews without the permission of His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
“The Honorable Commissioner for Information and Strategy as well as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor are exempted from this directive. They will continue to carry out their functions accordingly as the spokespersons to the State Government and His Excellency the Governor respectively.”