Mr C-Don Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, has urged Nigerians to support the media to fast-track the country’s development.
Adinuba spoke at the closing of a three-day workshop organised for editorial and non-editorial staff of Anambra-owned Newspaper, National Light. on Monday in Awka.
He said the media had played critical roles in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence and post independence, adding that the media still had a lot to do for the advancement of the country.
He noted with concern that the attitude of some Nigerians toward the media could no longer bring out the best in the practitioners.
Adinuba commended the management of National Light for blazing the trail since 28 years of its establishment.
The commissioner, who praised the management of the newspaper for organising the event, urged other government agencies to borrow a leaf from the media outfit.
“Events like this helps to bridge the gap between superiors and their subordinates and thereby encourage a healthy work environment which in turn increases output,” he said.
Adinuba, who advised top public/civil servants to de-emphasise hierarchical order in work place, added that too much emphasis was usually counter productive.
He, however, urged the media to come up with measures that would motivate workers, saying that reward system where a worker or workers are rewarded for their outstanding contributions would encourage them to achieve more.
Mr Chuka Nnabuife, Managing Director, Anambra Newspaper Printing and Publishing Company, said that the workshop was organised to appreciate the staff for their contributions.
He added that the workshop with the theme: “Workplace Relationship: Workers’ Life and Productivity”, was also aimed at refreshing the skills of the workers and make them imbibe modern media skills.
Nnabuife said as the longest thriving state-owned newspaper in Nigeria, being on the newsstand for 28 years there was need to thank and reward the staff.
Nnabuife said more than 15 experts drawn from the media and government sectors delivered papers during the three days workshop.