Ndau visit sections within his ministry of information  

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Malison Ndau, on Tuesday visited some of the Ministry’s sections in Lilongwe.

Ndau being briefed by chief producer Chiumia
Ndau being briefed by  Stanley Chiumia of Film Unit

The visit by the Minister was aimed at appreciating the core functions of each and every section, learn the challenges facing and offer an encouragement to the staff Member.

Speaking to after the tour, Ndau said his trip was important as it was aimed at familiarize himself with the sections of the Ministry for his better performance.

“When I got appointed to head the Ministry, I hardly had an idea about what some sections within the Ministry were doing and my visit today serves the purpose of getting myself acquainted with your work, challenges and your contribution to the country.

“I know there many challenges that you are facing for you to inform the nation such as lack of resources but may let state that some of the challenges you have highlighted may require long  term and others short term solutions,” said Ndau promising to  immediately address some of the challenges.

The Minister however encouraged the staff to work hard and serve the nation as required.

“These setbacks shouldn’t hinder your performance, continue working hard as things will get better soon,” he said.

The Acting Director of Information, Gideon Munthali department of information is one such important section which is however overlooked by many people.

He said his office was important as it covers government events and publish or make the information available to the public. He said it was the headquarters of information in Malawi.

“Though our office is a hub for public information we are faced with numerous challenges and these ranges from lack of means of transport and financial resources,” Munthali explained.

The director complained of insufficient staff as another setback in delivery of the ministry’s services to the public. He said functions of the ministry are huge such that to successfully and effectively deliver there was a need for government to employ more people.

Stanley Chiumia, Acting Director of Film Unit explained that his section is specialized in producing documentaries and also it acts as a museum of information.

However he said very limited resources were allocated for its operations.

“We can do better if government can provide us with funding because we produce revenue through documentaries that we shoot,” added Chiumia.

Tione Andsen, Acting Head of Malawi News Agency (MANA) said Mana has a website that used to publish stories done by reporters from all the districts.

However the Mana boss said lack of resource was contributing to its continued inefficiency.

“We don’t have enough computers, telephones, photocopiers and cameras. Furthermore we have no internet which is sad for a government news agency,” Andsen said hoping the minister to respond with immediacy.

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