…Media practitioners in jitters of starvation***
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has urged government agencies to patronize the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in the coverage of their activities with a view to popularizing government programme and actions.
The message has however left a cross section of media practitioners in the maritime industry in jitters, wondering if strict adherence was not a direct invitation to their starvation!
Hadiza’s message was contained in a statement issued by the NPA Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Isah Suwaid, highlighting the Managing Director’s view that, government activities and actions to better the lives of the citizenries can be better appreciated, if they are accorded sufficient publicity, which could be achieved through the NTA.
Speaking in her Lagos office on Wednesday when she received the audience of the Management of NTA Lagos Network Center, the Managing Director reasoned that the NTA stood a chance to widely propagate government activities and action considering its wide coverage.
The Managing Director explained that it is only when the people are better informed of government activities and programmes that corrupt practices can be checked and transparency entrenched in the system.
She said since her assumption into office she has made it a priority to educate and inform stakeholders on the Port reform of the government and the essence of attaining the blue economy by the nation.
Hadiza who endorsed the request for collaboration between the NTA Lagos Network Center and the NPA, expressed optimism that such a mutual partnership will enable the general public, especially stakeholders and port users appreciate the efforts of the Management to reposition the nation’s seaports for efficient and effective service.
Earlier, the head of the NTA Lagos Network Center, Alhaji Lawal Ahmed who led the delegation had told the Managing Director that government agencies should avail themselves to the services of the Authority.
He said, now that the station is both on DSTV and GOTV channels, it has enabled its viewers and clients a wider reach and implored the NPA Management to take advantage of its services.