Umahi's Media Aide charges GM of Nigerian Patriot on digital circulation


Governor David Umahi's Media Aide, Mr. Francis Nwaze has charged the new Acting General Manager of Ebonyi State Newspapers and Publishing Corporation, the publishers of the Nigerian Patriot Newspapers, Chief Dom Isute, to establish online channel to boost their readership and patronage.

The media and publicity aide to the state Governor made the suggestion in his office at the Government House, Abakaliki, on Wednesday, when he received in audience the new General manager and some members of his management team.

It could be recalled that Dom Isute recently took over as the next most senior management staff after the retirement of Larry Oyims, his predecessor in last August.

Nwaze during the meeting commended the newspaper for its innovative reporting and developmental journalism which has tremendously added to the current quality leadership of  Governor Umahi's administration in the State.

While paying tribute to the Acting General Manager for utilizing his wealth of experience to boost the quality of the newspaper, he commended its government reporter, Mr Oswald Agwu for his unparalleled diligence and dedication to duty, adding that more can still be achieved.

He maintained that an online platform for the Newspaper would further enhance its status, its spread, coverage and readership at lower cost.

He promised to partner with the Corporation to ensure that the Newspaper actualises all its aims and objectives.

Hear him: "I believe that we can always do better.

"I want to assure you that we are going to do more in synergizing to further improve the Newspaper through collaborative relationship with my office.

"Your Government House reporter here is very dedicated, diligent and always looking for the story, and I want to commend him for that. With him we can do more.

"But I want to suggest that you go online. You know, everything these days are going digital, and it does not cost much to float a website. Most National newspapers today have tilted towards the social media because they attract more audience there, and I want you to toe the same line."

Isute in his remark, informed the Nwaze that the team came to seek ways of harmonizing efforts and  working together to promote the good works of the Governor which was quite glaring to all and sundries in the State.

He noted that he had already deployed his contacts within these few weeks of his assumption as the Acting GM to attract patronage for the Newspaper from Ebonyi Indigenes in the United States of America, one of which was the Nzuko Edda, USA.

The Acting GM said the entire staff and management of the corporation have been working as a team to sustain the Newspaper and desired encouragement from all quarters.

"We want this paper to be coming out more regularly and be fully revived, being the only print media organ of the State government.

"Our ambition is to make it a weekly publication for now while in due course we are targeting Publishing twice  in a week.

"We came because you occupy a pride of place in the collaborate effort of disseminating to the public, the good works of our Governor.

"Any way you can help us to achieve our objective is being solicited", Isute hinted.

The General manager was accompanied in the visit by the new Editor-in-Chief of the Newspaper and immediate past State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Deaconess Veronica Osim; the government House representative of the Newspaper, Mr. Oswald Agwu, among others.

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