9th May 2021
Association of Independent Newspaper Publishers (AINP) recently paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mrs Julianah Fayehun who has just been promoted to the position by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
The Publishers were led to her office by the state President of the association, Prince Adefemi Ojopagogo who congratulated Mrs Fayehun on her elevation, saying she deserves the position considering her laudable contributions to the public service of Ondo State.
The President noted that, Mrs Fayehun good rapport with the Community publishers when she was the Director of Information Service lured the association to her with a firm believe that she will do better in her new office.
Prince Ojopagogo lamented low patronage of community newspapers by Akeredolu led administration, pleading with the PS to intercede on behalf of the association, saying the importance of community newspapers can’t be underestimated.
While listing the association demands before the government, he said government should always endeavors to extend official invitation to its members whenever there’s state event, give advert to community tabloid, ensure the monthly subvention is regular among others.
He said the state government needs to encourage community publishers who in their little capacity are employer of labour in Ondo State. ” No member of the association that doesn’t have at least five workers on its payroll, directly and indirectly we are contributing to the economy of the state”.
The President appealed to the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo to always see community publishers and their publications as partners in progress to the Akeredolu administration.
According to him, “as the government is taking care of our other colleagues working with national dailies, they should also remember us; we are very close to the grassroots more than any other news source”.
While responding, Mrs Fayehun thanked the association for the courtesy visit, promising to channel their demands to appropriate quarter.
She said the plight of the community publishers is understandable, most especially at this period of economic downturn. “To publish is not easy, it requires a lot of resources and time consuming but inspite of the challenges, I can always encourage you to continue to put in your best”.
Mrs Fayehun further said the disposition of the current government to publicity is different from the previous administrations, saying Governor Akeredolu believes that his good works in the last four years will definitely publicise his government.
She encouraged the publishers not to relent in reporting happening in the state, asking them to focus and shift more attention to community reporting in Ondo.
The PS urged the publishers to be thorough in their news reportage, ensure the publications are error free, both grammatically and typographically, adding that the colour separation and pictures presentation will endears readers’ patronage of community newspapers.
Not less than ten publishers were part of the association’s entourage that made the visit; they included Prince Adefemi Ojopagogo (Today’s News), Mr Love Olawumi (Voice of Apoi), Olaseeni Oyesusi (Chronicle), Alimi Collins (PATH), Mr Ayodele Ologunola (Focus), Mr Femi (Society Star), Mr Bayo Adediran (CityMovers), Mr Sunday Agbaje (Dingi Odua), Mrs Ngozi Aduloju (Topshot) and Alaba Aliu (Democrat).