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We can’t afford to be partisan– Owena Press Chairman

By Emmanuel Oluwadola

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The Chairman of Owena Press Limited, publisher of The Hope title, Sir Ademola Adetula has affirmed the organization’s commitment to non-partisanship despite being owned by the government.

Sir Adetula disclosed this on Monday during a visit by the committee of Nigeria Political Summit Southwest, Ondo State chapter, led by its Chairman, Mr. Olusola Adojutelegan

Emphasizing the newspaper’s 38-year history of unbiased reporting, the Chairman highlighted the focus on exclusive stories, showing community engagement over political affiliations.

He stressed the importance of community engagement,  developmental journalism and urged politicians to connect with the people through local media.

“The Hope is a community newspaper that is affordable for people to buy. We see the importance of the people because without them we can’t thrive. We cannot afford to be partisan, that is why we always tell politicians to get close to the people through media platforms existing in the people’s vicinity.

“The media is an influencer of society. However, it is disheartening when a community newspaper is not appreciated. Some people prefer to take community issues to national dailies, neglecting the grassroots media,” he said.

Sir Adetula expressed The Hope Newspaper’s readiness for inclusive collaboration without political influence.

The Committee Chairman, Mr. Olusola Adojutelegan, said the visit was aimed at engaging the media for the upcoming Southwest political summit.

“On Wednesday, December 13, we will host the summit, most especially for the Southwest States, and we want to engage the media even beyond that day so that they can hear everything we have to say.

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“Our organisation aim is to move the Southwest forward politically and economically. We have been greatly educated on the importance and impact of the media and we hope to collaborate with them to bring the needed development into the societies.”

He praised The Hope’s efforts in the state, pledging a beneficial partnership for the continual advancement of Ondo State.

Adojutelegan also outlined plans for Southwest development, expressing confidence in the organization’s 24 years of research that their eight-point development agenda will drive the state and Nigeria to a better place.

According to the committee Chairman, the upcoming political summit seeks to unite Yoruba leaders, fostering democracy and addressing regional concerns, with a specific focus on supporting President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s administration.

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