According to press statement signed by Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government, and made available by Nsikan Etebia said that the directive is with immediate effect.
The Statement read,
GOVERNMENT OF AKWA IBOM STATE OF NIGERIA
GRANTING OF PRESS INTERVIEWS
As part efforts to streamline and ensure a coordinated approach to information management and dissemination, the Akwa Ibom State Government has directed that all government functionaries, including Commissioners, Special Advisers, Members of Boards and Commissions, Special Assistants and other Personal Aides of the Governor, should henceforth desist from granting press interviews without the permission of His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
The Honorable Commissioner for Information and Strategy as well as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor are exempted from this directive. They will continue to carry out their functions accordingly as the spokespersons to the State Government and His Excellency the Governor respectively.
This directive takes immediate effect.
Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem
Secretary to the State Government.