By Ochiaka Ugwu
Lack of modern equipment, lack of training of staff and inability to replace retired staff are the serious challenges militating against the operations of the photographic unit at the Ministry of Information described as the best in Africa, Peoples Daily has learnt.
This was made known last weekend by Chief Jerome Akpan a retired chief photographer in the ministry at a party organised in honour of four retiring workers of the photographic unit of the Federal Ministry of Information.
Many speakers also lamented that the unit established by the colonial masters now is a shadow of its former self as most of the photographs of major occasions and landmarks can no longer be traced in the ministry’s library, noting however that the negatives of the photos were still available.
The chairman of the occasion and a deputy director in the Ministry, Mr Lawrence Ojabor described the photographic unit of the ministry as the live-wire of the Ministry of Information adding that without it, everything written by the information officers would be regarded as propaganda.