The Overseer of the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Uba has called on the public relations officers of the scheme to to leverage on both the traditional and the new media to ensure effective publicity of the body.
She made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of the press and public relations protocol and FOIA desk officers workshop in Abuja.
Uba also urged the Public relations officers to step-up the monitoring of the social media.
“We want you to promptly correct misconceptions as well as fake stories fraudulently or mischievous persons may peddle about the Scheme. On our part, Management shall continue to provide enabling environment for you to perform your duties optimally”, she said.
The Overseer also directed all State Secretariats to acquire high definition cameras and other ancillary equipment to enhance the operations of the Stations.
” It is also on the premise of development that the Management established the NYSC Radio and Television Stations, which are already enhancing the visibility of the Scheme in the media space, and allowing the team tell the story without any encumbrance”, she said.
The Director Press and Public Relations Unit Mr Eddy Megwa commended the Public Relations Officer for projecting the good image of the NYSC.
“The PR Officers have continued to earn accolades for the diligent discharge of their duties, including the professional management of public functions. The sense of commitment and professionalism is top notch.
“The training will enable the participants stay afloat on their duties and ensure that nothing is left to chance in managing the image of the NYSC. It will also empower them with up-to-date information management strategies for engagement of the Scheme’s publics on our policies, programmes”, he added.
Dr Tayo Hastrup, the Director of Communication and Public Relations, National Hospital urged all the Public Relations professionals to be strategic when passing information.
‘” Every individual should learn how to pass information and identify different psychological barriers that affects different people. We need to work on barriers that limits communication.
In the same vein, he urged the Public Relations Officers to step-up the monitoring of the social media pages so as to promptly correct misconceptions as well as fake stories, which mischievous persons may peddle about the Scheme.