The Commissioner for Information and Strategy designate in Ogun State, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile has called on Nigerians especially those at the helms of affairs, never to hoard information from journalists as this may open up room for rumours and insinuations.
Odusile who made this known in Abeokuta on Monday while fielding questions from members of Ogun State House of Assembly, during his screening said, “if you hide information from journalists, he/she will believe there is skeleton in your cupboard and may decide to go to any length to bring out issues”.
Odusile who was the immediate past President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said “don’t look down on any journalist or underrate any reporter. Give him the right information and he would do his job professionally”.
Speaking on his intended efforts to improve on the fortune of the State- owned Radio and Television stations, the Commissioner designate assured that he would do all in his capacity to address challenges facing the stations, while affirming that the management and staffers of the stations were thorough bred professionals who must be hugely supported.
Describing news as a perishable good whose lifespan is just 24 hours, the Commissioner Nominee said, “we must dish out right information at the right time and feed the news room first to avoid rumours that would naturally fill the space”.
The journalism guru who emphasised the importance of feedback and constructive criticism said, the information gamut of government would strengthen the existing system to ensure that facts and truths were always presented to the Governor.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo who appreciated the Governor for putting round peg in the round hole, thanked him for revealing the ministries of the nominees ahead for effective questioning and screening.
Oluomo who repose confidence in the nominee pleaded with him to justify his appointment.
Press Officer, Office of the Commissioner for Information & Strategy