INFORMATION MINISTRY PRESS RELEASE: SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF GOVERNMENT
29th March 2012 · 0 Comments
The Ministry of Information & Communications wishes it to be known by the general public that the creation of the Office of the Government Spokesman was a deliberate and conscious decision that was taken by His Excellency the President in order to have a well coordinated channel of communication between Government and the public.
It has been realized however that, especially in recent times, some functionaries have been speaking purportedly on behalf of Government but without any consultation with the Office of the Government Spokesman, which is supervised by the Ministry of Information & Communications. Such moves have the tendency of sending out discordant messages to the public.
To correct the anomaly therefore, it needs to be reiterated that the Office of the Government Spokesman is the recognized entity created to perform the function of speaking on behalf of the government. In this regard, all state functionaries are again reminded and urged to consult with the Ministry of Information & Communications before going public on any matter regarding the state.
Specifically, clearance or permission can only be sought and secured from the Minister or the Deputy Minister of Information & Communications, who are the Government Spokesman and Co-Government Spokesman respectively.
Abiding by this directive would help in avoiding any embarrassment.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS
8TH FLOOR, YOUYI BUILDING