On the 22nd and 24th of June 2011, the Imo Mandate Monitoring Forum (IMMF) a non profit, non partisan independent civil society group in Imo State payed a courtesy visit to the management of two leading state based newspaper outfits namely the Nigerian Horn and Announcer Express respectively.
While on the visit the convener of the watch dog group which is made up of professionals and subject specialists from all works of life Comr. Aku Obidinma (Abdul) explained that the forum was born out of the necessity to improve our democratic practice by ensuring that public officers are kept under watch and accountable over their campaign promises and its fulfillment. He stated that the forum will periodically assess the performance of public officers at all levels in the state to ensure that the needs of the people are met. Comr. Aku Obidinma said the forum chose to visit the two newspaper houses because of their leading role in information dissemination in the state.
He called for a partnership between civil society groups and the media in the state. In his contribution the secretary of the Forum, Hon. Emeka Nwaokeke said that the forum is neither an opposition nor a pro government group but rather an objective body of professionals which will look at issues on its merit. He said the forum will serve as a link between the actions of the government and the desires of the people. He described the bane of our democracy as the inability of the electorate to hold public officers accountable to their promises and assured on the competence and integrity of the forum on the task ahead.
In their response, the management of the two media houses hailed the formation of the IMMF and described it as a needed ingredient to ensure that democracy is practiced according to its tenets in the state. They described the forum as a very reliable and serious one going by the quality of its membership. They described the objective of the forum as complimentary to their social responsibility and charged it to remain steadfast on its set out goals.