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Debt management must be democratized, beckons GOCOP for partnership – Nwankwo


The Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) in the presidency, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo has said that the activities of any debt management must be democratized to yield the deserved gains, just as he beckons on Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) to partner with DMO for national development, reports ITRealms.

Speaking in Lagos, Friday, at a one-day enlightenment workshop for online publishers, Dr. Nwankwo pointed out that at this time in the annals of Nigeria, DMO could not ignore the online environment, especially those who are taking advantage of the social media technologies for accurate and adequate information dissemination.

He enjoined that whatever Nigeria as a nation and DMO as an entity of the Federal Government, that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) must be optimized to the benefit of the country.
For him, online publishing is a new window that could support development and comes with onerous tasks, hence he described online publishers as partners in effort at progressing the activities of the nation and particularly DMO.

“The crisis of western countries particularly Greece is all about debt management and given the fall in oil prices its settles down on the fact that debt management role beyond just borrowing,” he said, stressin the need for the country to take advantage of debt management and work together with online publishers for national development.

In national development, he said, its important that as a country, Nigeria produce more goods and stick to telling the truth at all times.

According to him, Nigerians should think more of intellectual rectitude, underscoring the fact that there is no group in the world that plays more role than the media, “because they have to keep up in shaping the way the world is or should be.”

He noted that online publishing and social media are becoming more dominant in the media practices globally, and deserve every attention and partnership required for societal growth.
Nwaankwo advised GOCOP members to ensure that first, they do not undervalue and over value their roles in development.

Emphasising that it is in this realization that DMO come with trust and believe that they could structure a relationship to the greater benefit of Nigerians, especially in the forthcoming financial year.

Dr. Nwankwo was accompanied at the workshop by senior management team from DMO including the Director, Market Development, Ms Patience Oniha, Director, Strategic Programmes, Mrs. Asma’u Mohammed, Director, Debt Recording & Settlement, Mrs. Hannatu Suleiman, Head, Policy Strategy & Risk Management, Mr. Joe Ugoala, and his counterpart in Portfolio Management, Mr. Afolabi Oladele as well as Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Liman Balarabe, among others, spoke to various topics at the event.

In his remarks at the occasion, President, GOCOP and publisher of The Citizen, Mr. Malachy Agbo, commended DMO leadership for their foresight in collaborating with GOCOP and assured that the organization was set up to create sanity among publishers and publications online, because they are made up of professional journalists with track records of over 10 years in journalism.

He also invited Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government at all levels to partner with GOCOP for promotion of accurate information for the world online from professional principles.

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