The fifth Minister of Information and Communication Technology in Peter Mutharika’s three-years old government Nicholas Dausi has urged the country’s District Information Officers (DIOs) to be vibrant in their duties saying he cannot manage to talk everyday like a parrot.
The Information Minister said this over the weekend when he was addressing the DIOs from across the country at the Malawi Sun Hotel in the commercial city of Blantyre.
According to Dausi, the DIOs are the eyes of government in the districts hence need to be active.
“You know I am not on the ground, you are the ones on the ground and I expect you to be proactive so that government has time to address real issues and needs of people,” said Dausi.
“Although people are relying on cyber security, human security is extremely important. The first line of defense is information and we are only able to know what people are going through, through the media,” he added.
The main aim of the training workshop was to make the DIOs effective and efficient in their coverage of stories concerning disasters.
After the function, Karonga district Information Officer Cosmas Chimaliro described the training as an eye opener.
The training was organized by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Nocholas Dausi, a former National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) boss, is a fifth minister to head the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in the president Peter Mutharika government in just a space of three years. He replaces Malison Ndau who was unceremoniously fired some few weeks ago. The other three ex-ministers are Jappie Mhango, Kondwani Nankhumwa, and Patricia Kaliati.