Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Bridge Effective Communication Gap – Amosun Charges Public Office Holders

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Gov. Amosun

Public office holders have been charged to promote and bridge effective communication gap between them and the masses. This is to afford them the opportunity to give account of their stewardship, know the needs and wants of the masses as well as seeks their opinion towards sustainable governance.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave this charge in his remark while declaring open a one-day interactive Forum organised by National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG (KAS), tagged ‘Citizens Conversation and National Interest’ held at Green Legacy Resort, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Governor Amosun said responsive and responsible governance demands effective communication between the public office holders and the electorate adding that this ‘plays a pivotal role towards delivering more dividends of democracy’. Represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye, the Governor said “government can improve the welfare of it's citizens only if there is a two way communication”, noting that lack of effective communication may mar the execution of government programmes and policies.
“One of the tools for sustainable development is public interface as governance evolves around communication because it alleviates anxiety and counters any wrong perception of government by the public. Once the communication gap is blocked, it might lead to the misunderstanding of government programmes and policies. An example of this is organising Town Hall meetings and interactive fora where the masses can share their concerns, opinions as well as advice government towards the development of the state and nation at large,” he said Governor Amosun, however commended the organisers for providing a platform where public office holders come around to give account of their stewardship to the electorate and seek further clarifications.
Earlier in her remarks, the Acting Director General  NOA Mrs Ngozi Ekeobi, who commended government of Ogun state for the developmental
strides recorded in the State stated that the programme is designed to help government to feel the pulse of the people as issues of good governance evolve round effective communication between public office holders and citizens. According to her, “accountability and transparency is tangible when there is constant interaction. Through constant briefing of government activities and programmes, citizens would be abreast of necessary information about government”.
Also speaking, the Country Representative of KAS, Mrs Hildegard Behrendt Kigozi said In order to put our country in order, we need to have political re-orientation, enlightenment, educative and informative programmes. Speaking in the same vein, Ogun State Director, NOA, Mr Shola Babalola said the programme would no doubt give further impetus to the Buhari-led administration for accountability and transparency. He added that it is designed for public officials to come and give stewardship of their achievements.

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