By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Obviously elated by the new look of The Hope, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi has promised that the state government will help resolve the challenges posed by the dearth of printing equipment for the company.
Olowolabi gave the assurance shortly after inaugurating a four-man editorial board for the company.
Members of the editorial board are: Dr. Gbenga Abimbola (Chairman), Dr. Theo Adebowale, Dr. Bayo Fasunhan and Mr. Agbeluyi Ganiyu.
The commissioner said there is no doubt that the newspaper has woken up from its slumber and urged the new management to sustain the tempo.
“This is the only government newspaper in the entire South West still operating and everything will be done to sustain it”, he stressed.
Olowolabi commended the Newspaper’s Chairman and Editor-in chief, Sir Ademola Adetula for his concerted efforts to breathe new life into the establishment within three months.
The commissioner said “The Hope has now rekindled our hope in journalism practice, when I took over as a commissioner, I went round all the parastatals under the ministry, when I got to The Hope, I was genuinely worried because, virtually all the facilities were moribund. But what has happened between then and now is the ingenuity, creativity, and experience of the new chairman, Sir Ademola Adetula.
“For me, the chairman symbolises Hope and it is a challenge to our generation. Ordinarily, this is a man we went to bring from retirement, and he has been able to do things differently, he is a rare and uncommon talent. Our generation must emulate this”, he stated.
Olowolabi who affirmed that despite the paucity of fund, the present government had achieved a lot in the last two years posited that forty three road projects are ongoing in different parts of the state, more than 511 public primary schools had been renovated while many other projects are being executed.
While saying that since 2017, the present administration had been faithful to workers by not owing salaries, he said pensioners in the state also go home every month with something as government always set aside N200 million pensions fund.
He therefore congratulated the new Editorial Board members and wished them success in their new assignment.
The Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of the company, Sir Ademola Adetula who welcomed the commissioner said that the inauguration was long overdue.
Adetula said the members were carefully selected based on their track records and competence. “We are sure that they can resuscitate The Hope titles and bring about tremendous development in the company “.
Responding, the chairman of the newly inaugurated Editorial Board, Dr. Gbenga Abimbola expressed gratitude to the state government and the management of the company for finding them worthy of the task.
“Our job is no doubt a sensitive one accompanied with challenges, but if the chairman has been able to surmount the challenges he met here, we have no doubt that we will work to achieve success and take the paper to a greater level”, He assured.
He equally pledged their loyalty and commitment to the company, noting that even though they were professionals in their own fields, they were going to do the part time job as full time.”Our job will not be limited to physical presence, we are in a computer age, therefore we will do the job seamlessly.