By Precious Oluwole
The Ondo State House of Assembly has assured the Management of Owena press limited, publishers of the Hope Titles of its continued support in enhancing its capacity for optimal performance.
The Chairman House Committee on Information, Olatunji Oshati gave the assurance during the Committe’s familiarisation visit to the company on Monday.
Oshati commended the innovative steps and prudent management of the leadership of the company despite paucity of fund and cost of production.
He therefore assured that the legislature would continue to collaborate with the management in the quick execution of policies that would favour the company.
“I want to assure you that we would back you up and ensure we follow up your budget proposal in order to further fortify the company and ensure that you get running grant “.
Other members who spoke during the visit equally commended the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of the company, Sir Ademola Adetula, MFR, for his wisdom in sustaining the company and ensure that the newspaper is always on stand.
The Lawmakers who described the media as a major tool in information dissemination, promised the Management that they are fully ready to assist in any area that they could anytime they are called upon.
The Committee members who said one of the driving force of the media is the ability to formulate ideas, therefore lauded the Chairman /Editor -in- Chief of the company for not failing in that area.
While welcoming the Committee Members, Sir Ademola Adetula, MFR noted that the newspaper was established in 1989 to be a community newspaper with the aim of serving the interest of the State with correct and accurate information.
He explained that since he came on board, things have changed tremendously in terms of content, physical structure, wide circulation among others.
The Chairman said, “We have a physical presence in all the 18 local governments, including Ekiti, Osun and the newspaper has a full fledge online capacity and can be accessed anywhere in the world. Our goal is to make it a regional newspaper but unfortunately, resources are not readily available.”
Sir Adetula called for better patronage which according to him is a global newspaper in terms of its quality and contents, while any advert placed on the newspaper would be seen across the globe.
He sought for more support of the lawmakers in terms of funding to get better results.
“The newspaper is capable of bringing information to the door step of the masses, we have been doing it and would continue to do it.We have introduced subscription, where people can subscribe three,six months and a year. We purchased some motorcycles to take the newspaper to subscribers door steps first thing in the morning”.
The lawmakers were later taken round the facilities in the company by the Management.