Anambra gov’t bemoans social media attacks, urges responsible criticism

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By Francis Ugwu

The Anambra State government has decried what it described as an unprovoked social media attack targeted at painting the state in bad light.

The Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment and Tourism, Don Onyenji expressed the government’s position at a press briefing in Awka on Saturday.

Onyenji claimed that going to social media to vent perceived grievance against the government amounted to demarketing the state and scaring away potential investors.

He said anybody who had issues with the government of the state, especially journalists, should do so through conventional media and take extra measures to get responses from the relevant ministry, department or agency.

The Commissioner said the tourism and hospitality sector was picking up in the state but regretted that the negative image being created about Anambra was having a negative effect on the effort of the government.

“I would like to say that it is unfair for our people, especially those in the entertainment industry, to go to the social media to celebrate whatever they feel the government is not doing. They should use their medium and criticise responsibly, ” he said.

Onyenji, however, said the government was open to criticisms, and will always give responses and take responsibility where necessary.

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