Bridge Effective Communication Gap – Amosun Charges Public Office Holders

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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