By Lucy Nwachukwu
Abuja – The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, has expressed the agency’s commitment to support the implementation of the Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN).
Onanuga made the pledge when the Head of BRISIN implementation in Nigeria, Dr Anthony Uwa led a delegation to visit him on Tuesday in Abuja.
Onanuga, represented by the Editor-in-Chief of NAN, Mr Idris Abdulrahman, said NAN had the spread required to disseminate all information by BRISIN to the World.
He said:“We have presence virtually in all the states of the federation, with district offices in some local government areas and zonal offices that oversee the various states under them.
“We have some foreign offices with one very functional in New York; we have more than 500 reporters across the federation. Our reach is very wide.
“I know the essence of your coming here is to get publicity and that we are ready to give you.
“At any material time and anywhere you have a function on BRISIN, call on us and we will be there to assist you; we are ready to serve you because that is our basic function.
In his remark, the Head of BRISIN implementation, commended NAN for the work the agency had been doing in disseminating accurate information to the World.
Uwa called for more collaboration of the agency to BRISIN implementation in the country, saying that,“ NAN should be number one in our information distribution, they should carry others along.’’
“We consider NAN as key to everything we are going to do, and we thank you for the effort you have made so far as most of the information given out on BRISIN was sent through NAN.
“Also, the foreign media that are publicising information on BRISIN got their information through NAN and that means a lot to us.
“We believe that we are going to work together to make that difference which this country actually needs to move forward.
NAN reports that BRISIN is an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the economy.
Uwa said the system aimed at bringing developmental and economic growth in the country through the use of data collection of people and other relevant information.
“The data received will be used to plan for the management of the nation’s resources,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the project was initiated by the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, while the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration inaugurated a Technical Committee for its implementation.