Endurance Onun | CR-Daily:
The new commissioner for Information and Orientation, Comr. Asu Okang has kicked off renovation and repackaging of all facilities in the state’s ministry of information in a bid to enhance a more favourable working experience for all staff of the bureau.
Okang who groaned at the poor state of the facilities noted that the dilapidated roof, which he has been informed becomes heavily flooded during the rainy days, the decaying archaic furnitures and ceilings, the old terrazzo tiles installed during the Mercantile Bank era, the rusty electrical fittings, among other office equipments have all gone obsolete and bad, requiring total re-modelling.
Addressing newsmen shortly after undertaking an on the spot inspection of the on-going renovation work, said, on assumption of duty last monday, his critical assessment of the infrastructural facilities in the Ministry ignited in him the strong desire to re-channel all his energies towards re-modeling the Ministry to bring it in line with conventional standards across the globe as the face of government in the State, adding that he has the mandate of the State Governor, Sir. Prof. Benedict Ayade to change the status of the Ministry for the better.
He pointed out that the State Governor is a man of honour, dignity and excellence, stressing that when he puts his hands on something, he, ensures that it is taken to a logical end.
Comrade Okang noted further that Governor Ayade had directed him to totally overhaul and re-model the Ministry to bring it to current realities.
To this end, the Commissioner maintained that work on the entire roof, the cieling, furniture, electrical fitings, tiles and Painting of the offices are all going on simultaneously while a digital computer work station is being put in place in the Commissioner’s office to enhance information dissemination.
Comrade Okang assured that the rebranded Nigerian Chronicle Newspaper would soon be on the news-stand daily while similar re-modelling will take place at Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), the Cross River Signage and Advertising Agency and the Government Printing Press, where new digital printing machines are being installed.
In his reaction to the massive on-going renovation work, the highly excited Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Aye Henshaw, lauded the proactive initiative of the Commissioner, saying that it was a right move to step up the tempo and provide a conducive work environment for the workers adding that it would lead to increased productivity and effecient service delivery in the Minstry.