Jay FM Commentary: A Call on The Plateau State Government To Improve On Its Communication With The People
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on August 10, 2022
It was American author, Anthony Jay Robins who once said “To communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”
As a government, there are no excusing communication gaps on policies and all pertinence of communicating effectively with the people in a democratic environment.
To think that in a state such as Plateau, where the media is open to stepping down information, regardless of how complex, to the ordinary citizens, a communication gap will exist is most unfortunate.
At a time when the issue of signing a Public Private Partnership agreement received so much backlash, the state commissioner of information, Dan Manjang, admitted that the government should have done better in widening consultations, but stopped shy of hitting the hammer on the nail’s head by using the term communication.
No government avoids bumps by refusing to speak clearly to its citizens and listening to them equally.
Considering the cold relationship that has existed between the government and the governed in Plateau state over the years, authorities involved must wake up to their responsibilities if the narrative must be changed.
As the administration winds up in about seven months’ time, the government, under governor Simon Lalong can draw a lesson or two from the Jos Main Market communication impasse and improve on what remains of its time at the saddle, before it finally takes a bow.