The Conservator-General of National Parks Service, Ibrahim Goni, says accurate information is the backbone for national economic development and growth.
Goni said this in Abuja during the reconstitution of the service’s nine man Editorial Magazine Board to showcase the abundant potential in the country’s tourism industry.
The C-G said that proper information about the service to the public was necessary to gain national and international recognition.
He said the absence of the magazine had created huge gap in the dissemination of information on the activities of the national park.
“I want to draw your attention to the challenges posed by social media in contemporary reportage.
“You must rise to the occasion by ensuring that where facts are distorted on social media and similar platform, you should swiftly correct the misinformation.
He advised the members to bring in creative ideas and innovation that would enrich the quality of the publication.
“You must endeavour to showcase the abundant potential and hidden treasures of our national parks to improve tourist arrivals and revenue generation through the quality of your publications.
“Your publications should dwell more on issues that have direct bearing with the promotion of our corporate image and put information about the service in proper perspectives.
In an address of welcome, Alhaji Suleiman Yahaya, Assistant Conservator-General, Human Resource Management, emphasised that information was important to the organisation to showcase its activities.
According to him, information is power, information leads to formation, so lack of effective communication will lead to misinformation.
“This is why the board is inaugurated to set the ball rolling in putting the right information about the service to the public.
Chairman of the Editorial Board, Conservator of Park, Zanna Lawan, pledged that the board would justify the confidence reposed in them by being prompt and objective in their reportage.
Other members of the board are; DCP Yakubu Zull, DCP Maria Mamman, ACP George Kargong, CPW Ikpeme Rebecca, APW 1 Williams Rail, SP1 Alex Bwala, SPI Ibrahim Abdulfatai and CPWU Mathias Enaberue, who is Secretary.(NAN)