The Ogun State House of Assembly has commended the State’s Ministry of Information and Strategy for its ingenuity at evolving self-sustaining strategies in promoting the policies and programmes of Government to the Public for mutual understanding.
The House through its Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism led by Hon Oludare Kadiri gave the commendation during their oversight visit to the Ministry to appraise its 2017 Budget which took place at the Governor’s Office Press Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Lawmakers, while acknowledging the effective coverage and reportage of government activities through its two-way communication approach of dissemination and feedback mechanism, noted that the strategy had assisted in keeping the residents of the State abreast of information on government activities.
The Committee members including Honourables Rasaq Oduntan, Olayiwola Ojodu, Ganiu Oyedeji, Olujimi Otukoya, Tunde Sanusi and Bowale Solaja, applauded the ministry for its transparency in the implementation of its budget process, but charged the Ministry to evolve more strategies at improving on its revenue drive which they described as ‘’remarkable’’ in the face of economic challenges.
They expressed their admiration on how the information personnel attached to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government had embraced the online platforms at enlightening and creating awareness on various plans and policies of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun – led administration.
The members explained that the annual oversight visit which was a core function of the legislature was meant to promote transparency and accountability in the activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Earlier in his submissions, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Dayo Adeneye said that the Ministry had in the period under review, designed and produced various print and broadcast programmes to effectively project government’s policies and programmes.
Adeneye in company of other management staff, sought for more legislative support at consolidating on its information dissemination drive for an all-inclusive and people –oriented support on the rebuilding mission, disclosing that the Ministry recorded 87.47 percent revenue increase as at August with the promise that the Ministry was working relentlessly to surpass the feat.
The Information Commissioner added that the Ministry had ensured blockage of revenue loopholes with strict compliance with the Appropriation Act, assuring that the Ministry under his leadership remained committed to being result-oriented.
The Committee also visited Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation and the Printing Corporation, where it charged the Management to be more proactive in marketing to achieve the desired results.