The Ondo State House of Assembly says there is need for government to invest in the state-controlled media outfits for efficiency and high productivity

The chairman, House committee on information, Hon Olatunji Oshati, gave the advice during a familiarisation visit to Owena Press Ltd. and the Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation (OSRC) in Akure.

Mr Oshati promised to ensure that all state-owned media organisations become more vibrant in the dissemination of information and creative content.

He emphasized the need for vibrant journalism that would make government’s programmes and policies acceptable saying the state controlled media must not be left to struggle.

The lawmaker appreciated the chairman of Owena Press Ltd., Ademola Adetula, for his unrelenting efforts in keeping the print media organisation functional despite paucity of funds.

Mr Oshati enjoined the media organisation to include attractive reports in its paper instead of filling it with only news items.

Earlier, Mr Adetula said that the Hope Newspaper, produced by the organisation, could only get to three states of Osun, Ondo and Ekiti due to limited cost of operation but stressed that with the introduction of online initiative, contents of the paper can be read globally.

Mr Adetula noted that THE HOPE unapologetically runs the state agenda as only positive publicity could bring investment.

“People say we only carry government storys, yes when you continue to report bad things about the state, investors will not come.”

At the OSRC, the committee chairman commended the consolidation move initiated by the corporation’s chairman, Mr Kunle Adebayo.

Mr Oshati described OSRC as a unified factor and a pride of the state.

He urged Mr Adebayo to do his best in ensuring that the OSRC TV is back on air.

Mr Oshati assured the corporation of the state House of Assembly’s support.

He advised the corporation’s chairman to always motivate the staff so that they could give their best which would culminate in high efficiency and productivity.

Earlier, the chairman of the OSRC Mr Adebayo said that inspite of the challenges the corporation is facing, alalaye fm is the only station that reels out news content in all dialects in Ondo State.

According to him, the corporation had contacted the Benin Electricity Distributor Company (BEDC) to give the corporation a dedicated power line that would supply electricity for at least 16 hours per day as this would boost the operations of the corporation.

He however stated that the television arm of the corporation was temporarily closed because of a thunderstorm that affected its mast and some equipment.

Mr Adebayo added that osrc had installed high technology gadgets to enhance broadcasting as the station is about to be launched on digital payment platforms such as GOTV and DSTV

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