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Don charges govts to carry citizens along



By Michael Ezenwata

 DEAN of Social Sciences of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Campus, Stella Okunna has urged govts at all levels to device a new paradigm shift towards ensuring that they carry along the citizenry in the discharge of their statutory duties.
Prof Okunna gave the charge at the 43rd inaugural lecture of the University titled “Development Communication in Governance in Nigerian. People at the centre of Communication.
The academic who is the female professor of Mass Communication in Nigeria, underscored the imperative of town hall meetings in ensuring effective communication between the leaders and the led.
According to the dean, governments at all levels are  expected to device a new paradigm shift toward ensuring that they carry along the citizenry in the discharge in the discharge of their statutory duties.
She frowned at propaganda in which has remained a bale in developmental communication in governance.
Professor Okunna expects Journalists to be at the centre of ensuring the effective reportage of events and activities in their environment and beyond.
On the expected role of the feminine gender in the society, she decried the backseat given to women in decision making in the society and called for their full integration in the affairs of nation building.
According to her, the development of the girl-child should be prioritized to give them a sense of belonging in a completive world.
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University professor Joseph Ahaneku commended professor Okunna for effectively delivering the inaugural lecture which is part of the university’s culture of ensuring the cross fertilization of ideas among intellectuals, the students and the general public.
In a tribute, the Dean Faculty of social sciences of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Campus, Professor Valeria Chinedu Nnodu facilitated with professor Okunna on her 43rd inaugural lecture and wished her more success in her academic endeavours.
Contributing, the traditional ruler of Nwagu Igwe George Okaa Onwuogu also felicitated with the inaugural lecture and called on leaders to always carry the people along as they discharge theirs duties.

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