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The Hope, our pride —Omole

By Bukola Olamona

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Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State, Mr Gbenga Omole, has described Owena Press Limited (OPL), publisher of The Hope newspaper as the pride of the state.

The Special Adviser made the appraisal on Thursday during his visit to the newspaper outfit as part of his familiarisation tour of media houses in the state.

He was accompanied by other top management of the Ministry of Information led by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mrs Toyin Onisile.

Omole who described The Hope as a quality publication, assured of government assistance in order to maintain its standard.

His words: “This institution must not be allowed to die, we will see where we can come in on time, as your request will be forwarded to the appropriate quarters and some of it will be a thing of the past,” he assured.

He urged the company to be patient with Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as he has barely spent three months in office as the governor,adding that the economic crisis is a global phenomenon.

The former lawmaker advised Owena Press management to prioritise their needs,assuring that he would give the needed support.

Earlier, the Chairman and the Editor- in- Chief of the newspaper, Sir Ademola Adetula, MFR, who was represented by the Editor, Mr Akin Adubuola congratulated Omole on his appointment whom he described as a friend of the company, saying he is glad that the tour is starting from this organisation.

He described Omole’s appointment as a well deserved one on account of his pedigree and testament as the immediate past chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information.

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“Your performance and cordial relationships with the mediae were most outstanding, memorable and fruitful, particularly for OPL. We anticipate more productive and effective cooperation with OPL during your tenure as Special Adviser, especially in an election year,” he added.

While enumerating some of the challenges being faced by the organisation to include, obsolete printing equipment and computer facilities, grounded vehicles, high cost of printing materials, among others, said the organisation is barely surviving lately due to spiral inflation.

He, therefore, solicited government intervention to procure new vehicles, computers and printing facilities to keep the company on track.

He assured Omole of the company’s friendly disposition to the ruling administration, saying  though “The company has more than the interest of its owner to survive. We have tactically managed these diversities with courage over the years without offending the sensibilities of our proprietor, reading public and advertisers through balanced editorial judgement.

“Today The Hope garners rave review on radio and television stations within and outside the state,” he said.

Adetula pledged the support of the company to the current administration and thanked the Special Adviser for the visit.

He also used the occasion to thank the government for giving the organisation the latitude to operate without inteferance saying the company is keeping the flag flying.

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