By Saheed Ibrahim
The Commissioner representing Ondo State at the Federal Character Commission, Chief Lawrence Femi Omosanya has commended the leadership and transformation of Owena Press Limited, within two years under the chairmanship of Sir Ademola Adetula.
Omosanya, who paid a courtesy visit to the organisation yesterday in company of principal officers of the Commission in Ondo state, said the early reappointment of Sir Adetula by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu showed the confidence the Governor reposed in him in term of professionalism and competence.
He revealed that there were insinuations that Owena Press would fold up due to its initial moribund condition but observed that the emergence of Adetula as the Chairman had turned the tide around for the only print medium in the state.
“Those of us who have been here for quite sometime, we are aware about the story behind this organisation. At a time, we felt the organisation was becoming moribund, its main product The Hope was virtually off the streets and more or less a ghost of itself years back
“But with his presence, you can see that when you have a round peg in a round whole, there won’t be issues. Even though it may not have all the tools it requires, with his strong determination and focused leadership, I am convinced that The Hope Newspaper had come to stay”, he stated.
The Federal Commissioner also applauded the management of the organisation for keeping to the principles of the Federal Character Commission in term of sensitivity to gender and local government areas within the state in terms of appointment and recruitment.
While noting that the FCC does not focused only at the federal level but also state and LGA levels, he revealed that the Chairman of the commission, Muheeba Dankaka would visit Ondo state before the end of May this year
He described Dankaka as a friend of the Sunshine state and that of Governor Akeredolu and someone who believed in the transformation effort of the Governor.
Chief Omosanya stated that the FCC believes in press freedom as a way to make the commission functional and impactful.
In his reaction, Sir Adetula said that Owena Press had always been in the fore front in complying with the federal character principle in its recruitment and appointment of staff without scarifying merit.
While appreciating the FCC Commissioner for his visit, the Owena Press Chairman congratulated him on his appointment and efforts to have a saner and better state and country at large.