The Bayelsa State Ministry of Information and Orientation will beginning from Monday September 2, 2019 deploy information officers to the eight local government areas in the state.
The move is to ensure that people at the grassroot are well informed of government policies and programmes, especially during the transition period of the current administration.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson on Friday, said the information officers will also be responsible to bring people at the grassroot up to speed with information on the ongoing electioneering period.
According to him, this will create a high level of awareness among the people and reduce the rate of rumours in the state as well as save the people from being extremely gullible.
Iworiso-Markson noted that the state is in the period when political gimmick by some politicians is rife, adding that the mistake of allowing the people to fall prey will be too grievous.
He lamented that some desperate politicians take delight to hoodwink the people by capitalizing on their ignorance and fill them with tales by moonlight promises all in their bid to grab power.
The Information Commissioner further added that a circular on the deployment has been passed and the relevant directors in the ministry have been mandated to liaise with the local council authorities to ensure that the information officers are well recieved.
He announced that specialized orientation programme will be conducted next week for the affected officers to sufficiently equip them on the task ahead.
The Information Officers to be deployed are some of the newly employed one thousand graduates sent to the Ministry of Information and Orientation.