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03rd September, 2013.
Nigeria House, Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: Omololu Olumuyiwa)

Information officers approved for Nigeria's foreign missions

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the posting of information officers to Nigerian foreign missions in a bid to improve the nation's image abroad.

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, who said this while speaking to staff of the ministry in Abuja on Monday, said the ministry, was reactivating its foreign offices to adequately project the image of Nigeria in the global community.

Maku said the ministry had received presidential approval to start the posting of foreign information officers, adding that this would start as soon as some of the logistic challenges were addressed.

He said, "We need information officers in all the key embassies abroad. The question of promoting Nigeria's image will be their daily task.

"They will respond to stories that are negative about Nigeria in those countries. They will write positive stories; they will post whatever we are doing in the nation.

'They will coordinate and expose us in those countries.

"They will campaign about the opportunities for investment; they will reply anything about Nigeria and set the record right."

The minister said the foreign posting was not a luxury but crucial to the image of the country.

He added that Federal Information Offices across the country have been revamped through the allocation of resources to enable them to carry out some publicity activities on the programmes and projects of the government.

Maku also told the workers that a total of N100m was expended on staff training in 2012.

He explained that unlike in the past when staff training was outsourced to consultants; under his leadership, funds for staff training were channelled to the National Institute of Public Information which was statutorily established to train staff of the ministry.

According to him, the ministry was now giving priority to staff training and development to achieve optimal performance in service delivery.

He urged Resident Information Officers posted to Ministries, Departments and Agencies to step up regular filing of reports to saturate the social media with the activities and programmes of the government.


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