Akwa Ibom Info Ministry Budgets N1.8b For 2018 Fiscal Year
Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Strategy has budgeted an estimated sum of N1.8 billion in this 2018 fiscal.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, made this known earlier today while presenting the 2018 Budget proposals of the Ministry before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Mr Udoh said, of the total estimated budgetary provision, the repositioning of Government Printing Press will consume N50 million, Construction of AKBC corporate headquarters with modern facilities including recording studios, workshop, canteen will gulp N250 million while the projects of AKNC including construction of administrative block and staff training will gulp N50 million.
EARCOM programmes will gulp N100 million, Technical Services N105 million and Information services N950 million.
Information services according to the Information Commissioner consists of all programmes and activities involving publicity of government activities, achievements and policies as well as the production of state publications such as magazines, gazettes, Diaries, Calendars, Almanacs etc.
He said efforts are geared at linking the state Broadcasting Corporation, AKBC to Multi choice, DSTV to boost its output and revenue profile as well as compete favourably with its counterparts nationally and globally.
The Info Boss said the policy thrust of the Ministry is to process information on government policies and programmes for dissemination to the public, Mount public enlightenment campaigns and relay to government the yearning and aspirations of the people.
Udoh emphasized that, activities for the 2018 fiscal year will focus on propagating Governor Udom Emmanuel’s achievements based on his Five-point Agenda of Wealth Creation, Infrastructural consolidation and expansion, job creation, economic and political inclusion and poverty alleviation.
On the Commissioner’s entourage to the budget defense were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Pastor Praise Okon, the Director General, AKBC, Pastor Anietie Ukpe, the Managing Director, AKNC, Umoette Umoette, Government Printer, Mrs. Grace Udoudo, Directors and management staff of Ministry of Information and Strategy, as well as those of AKBC, AKNC, EARCOM and Government Printing Press among others.