Ogun State House of Assembly has commended the choice of the nomination of a former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Waheed Odusile and Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu as Commissioner nominees for Information as well as Education, Science and Technology respectively by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, describing them as a round peg in a round hole.

          The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, while screening the two nominees, challenged them to justify the confidence reposed in them, by deploying relevant skills and wealth of experience in their respective fields, in turning around the fortunes of the State.

          According to the Speaker, the nominees if confirmed and sworn-in by the governor should strategise in adding value to the developmental efforts of the present administration, with emphasis at sustaining mutual beneficial two-way communication system, as well as qualitative education at all levels.

          Other lawmakers, who took a turn to speak on the roles of constructive criticisms in governance, tasked the nominees upon assumption of office to put in place innovation that would revamp and strengthen the operations of Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, through technological advancement, while improving on the harmonious relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in the State.

          They also sought the need for the Commissioner nominee for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Odusile upon his confirmation and swearing-in, to formulate policies propagating government’s infrastructural development in the rural communities through the traditional media, while projecting the people’s needs to the government.

          Responding, Odusile emphasised the essence of effective information management, to build and sustain symbiotic relationships among the three arms of government, pointing out the significance of disseminating information on laudable programmes and projects of the government.

          He assured that the experience he had in journalism over the years would be put to use in managing the information and communication sector, having served at the apex of his profession.

          The former NUJ President stressed the importance of presenting fact as against propaganda to aid good governance, positing that people deserved the right information on government policies and programmes.

          Also speaking, Prof.Arigbabu said the sector under his purview would be restructured to ensure increased students’ enrolment in public schools, just as technology would be deployed to achieve seamless teaching and learning, with the introduction of Education Management Information System (EMIS), to improve data gathering and assessment.

          He added that the Education curriculum under him would include the teaching and learning of technical and vocational education, to equip the students on how to be a job creator rather than a job seeker.

Jamiu Lawal,

Head Information Unit, OGHA


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