The Kwara State Government has directed commissioners and other top public officials to obtain clearance before entertaining media enquiries.According to report by Punch
The government, in a letter addressed to top public officers, directed them to obtain clearance from the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Tunji Moronfoye, before granting interviews,News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The letter, dated March 16, and signed by Moronfoye, was addressed to all the commissioners and other government functionaries in the state.
The letter said the order was given by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Moronfoye said as the government’s spokesman, any press interview must be approved by him.
He said the policy was to streamline government activities and guard against misinformation.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Kayode Towoju, who had earlier agreed to grant an interview to some journalists refused to attend to them on Monday.
Towoju referred the journalists, including a NAN correspondent, to the new circular from the information commissioner.
He appealed to the journalists to obtain approval for the interview from the information commissioner.
NAN had approached the commissioner to seek a clarification on the execution of FADAMA projects in the state.