Info Commissioner Tasks EARCOM To Embark On Marketing 8-Point Completion Agenda
By Pioneer Team
August 14, 2020
The Akwa Ibom commis
sioner for information and
strategy has charged the
Ethical and Attitudinal Re-orientation Commission, (EARCOM)
to embark on heightened campaign towards marketing the
eight-point completion agenda of
Gov Udom Emmanuel.
Also to be dissected for marketing by EARCOM was the
Dakkada Creed, towards activating the virtue of greatness embedded in the pledge to the people.
Comrade Ini Ememobong gave
the task, in Uyo, during his familiarization tour of EARCOM as
part of his ongoing visits to
parastatals under the Ministry of
Information and Strategy.
Ememobong, who said he was
in the commission for an advocacy meeting, urged EARCOM
to vigorously utilize its mandate
to reorientate the mindset of the
people towards positive perception of government policies and
programmes as encapsulated in
the eight planks of the Completion Agenda.
Reiterating that new ideas are
not easily imbibed without much
persuasive strategies, the information helmsman charged
EARCOM to push on the good
work so far to ensure that Akwa
Ibom people imbibe the right perception to appreciate the giant
strides of Emmanuel in such sectors as aviation, with Ibom Air
making waves in the industry and
all other sectors.
He said with greatness already
inbuilt in all Akwa Ibom people
as enunciated in the Dakkada
Creed, all the people needed was
activation of the virtue, and urged EARCOM to take up the task as
part of its reorientation
Ememobong said the forebears
of Akwa Ibom had lived the dream
of state creation which we are now
enjoying and therefore behoves on
the present generation of Akwa
Ibom to live the greatness of state
ownership by participating positively in the operations of the state
as dependable partners in governance.
Noting that it would be a total
waste of time and energy to craft
public policies that would not be
positively received due to negative public perception, the state's
EARCOM to embark on campaigns to shape the minds and
perception of the public for the
collective good of both the government and the governed.
He frowned at a situation where
a Nigerian would behave well once
he lands Heathrow Airport, but
goes out of order once he lands
Lagos airport, citing such awkward practices like dropping garbage on the ground beside the receptacle bin instead of putting it
inside the bin, emphasizing that
these are attitudinal issues that
On the creation of awareness
on the COVID-19 pandemic, the
information boss called for aggressive propagation of the
COVID-19 protocols to enable
the people to imbibe and observe
all the protocols and guidelines to forestall the spread of the disease.
He implored parents to provide
their children in the exit classes
returning to schools with
facemask as they would not be
allowed to sit for the West African Examination, NECO, and
NABTE without it, warning that,
It amounts to an economic crime
against the state for any parent
not to equip a child with facemask
to write WAEC.
He pointed out that the state
government pays heavily to enable Akwa Ibom children to write
the examinations free of charge
adding that the government can
trace and prosecute parents of
kids who fail to sit for the examination.
While welcoming the commissioner, Ememobong and his entourage, the EARCOM chairman,
Dr Dorothy Thompson, had congratulated Ememobong on his appointment, describing him as a
square peg in a square hole.
Thompson thanked the governor for identifying and appointing Ememobong into his cabinet
and described his deployment to
the Information Ministry as strategic and a blessing not only to
EARCOM but the entire information sector of the state.
She noted that, EARCOM is a
homecoming for Comrade
Ememobong, who she said has
been an EARCOM Ambassador and resource person for many
public and reorientation campaigns of the commission.
She pledged the readiness of the
commission to partner the ministry to propagate the programmes,
policies and vision of the state
The occasion was attended by
directors of the Ministry of Information and Strategy and members of board of EARCOM.