The directive was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem and made available to Igbere TV in Uyo on Wednesday.
The government appointees directly affected by the directive include all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Members of Boards and Commissions, Special Assistants and other Personal Aides.
“As part of 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,” the statement read in part.
The SSG added that the directive was with immediate effect.
When contacted by Igbere TV, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh refused to give a reason for the sudden directive, which the people described as “an act aimed at hoarding information dissemination in the state.”