Ogun State Ministry of Information and Strategy has beencommended for the quality of production of the State owned monthly newspaper, Ogun Update, being published by the Ministry, which is described as a veritable news medium meant to inform members of the public on the activities of the State Government.
A lawmaker, representing Abeokuta South II State Constituency, Hon. Adeyemi Ademuyiwa, gave the commendation during the 2019 Budget Assessment visit to the Ministry by members of the House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, led by Hon Yusuf Adejojo.
Ademuyiwa noted that the newspaper’s rich content and its professional outlook had been attracting more readers within and outside the State.
He however advised on the need for the management to reduce the gramme of the paper to newsprint to enhance cost effectiveness.
In his remarks, the House Committee Chairman, Hon. Adejojo stated that the visit was not meant to witch-hunt any agency, rather it was aimed at appraising the performance of all government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), in relations to fund appropriation in the 2019 Appropriation Law.
He assured that his Committee would work with the Ministry and other relevant government agencies for further development of the State through effective communication.
In her response, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Mrs. Modele Sarafa-Yusuf said the Ministry had continued to ensure effective coverage and publicity of government activities by receiving, processing and forwarding comments, as well as enquiries from the public to the relevant government agencies, while taking advantage of all communication tools and strategies for effective mobilisation of the citizenry.
Mrs. Sarafa-Yusuf noted that the Ministry had achieved successes in creating a mutual understanding between the government and the people on government policies and programmes, through a two-way communication system via different programmes and platforms like, From the House of Assembly, on OGTV, Lati Ile-Igbimo Asofin, on OGBC, OGIS daily bulletin, monthly Ogun Update Newspaper and other enlightenment programmes.
She noted that Ogun Update had been a source of generating funds to the State’s IGR, pledging that service delivery of the ministry would be enhanced by the provision of advanced equipment such as cameras and vehicles.
She added that government placed value on feedback which remained a veritable means through which members of the public connect with government by asking questions, enquiries, and making suggestions amongst other issues that border on their welfare, saying efforts were in top gear to improve the Feedback Unit, to enhance service delivery.
She also underscored the need to resuscitate and patronise the State’s Print Corp, as it has the man-power and capacity to reduce cost of production, adding that all government agencies would be mandated to patronise it in order to sustain the Corporation.
The Special Adviser explained the need for the re-introduction of Village Square meeting , pointing out that OGBC, which used to be the benchmark for broadcasting in Nigeria in the 1980s and 1990s, required total upgrade of its equipment to enhance output of its programmes, while OGTV also needed to be more digitally compliant.
Other lawmakers including Olakunle Sobukanla, Adegoke Adeyanju, Musefiu Lamidi, Abiodun Sylvester, urged the Ministry to look inwards on how to improve its revenue target.
Other agencies visited by the Committee included State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, State Signage and Advertising Agency, State Broadcasting Corporation, and State Television (OGTV).