Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has charged a panel to prepare ground for the revitalisation of the state-owned Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) to meet the challenges of a technologically-driven organisation.
He spoke on Monday while inaugurating a seven-man committee to revamp, and reposition the OSBC to make it to lead the pack in broadcasting as envisioned by the founders.
Oyetola urged the committee to examine the station’s content, facilities, operations, personnel and attune them to the requirements of the 21st century broadcasting and international standard and to deliver the desired optimum performance.
The Committee, chaired by Obaniyi Akinwale, is expected to submit its report in two weeks.
Popular Ibadan-based broadcaster, Edmund Obilo, is a member of the committee. It is hoped that he would bring his vast experience in radio to bare. Obilo, also a political scientist, once ruled radio waves in the South West with his political affairs radio programme, Voices on Splash FM Ibadan, and State of the Nation on OSBC and Inspiration FM.
Obilo, who is the Director of Research and Programmes at Bilficom Media and Systems, currently presents State Affairs on Splash FM.
The full list of members of the committee is as follows:
- Engineer Obaniyi Akinwale (Group Head, Technical Services, TVC Communications, Lagos)
- Taiwo Ojewande ( a retired Chief Cameraman, OSBC)
- Kayode Akinsola (a retired General Manager, Gold FM, Ilesa)
- Ayo Makinde (a former Head of Presentation at Radio Continental, Lagos)
- Yeye Oyedokun (a retired Director General, OSBC)
- Edmund Obilo (Director of Research and Programmes at Bilficom Media and Systems)
- Olabode Awe (a Director in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, State of Osun) serves as Secretary to the Committee.
“The Osun State Broadcasting Corporation remains the voice of government to the people of State of Osun and vice versa,” Oyetola said. “It is therefore an ally in the efforts of this administration to deliver quality service and development to the people.
“The forebears of OSBC envisioned it as a conglomerate consisting of OSBC Radio and TV, Ile Awiye, Osogbo; Orisun FM, Ile-Ife; New Dawn Television, Ibokun; and Reality Radio-Vision Service, Iwo.
“This unprecedented arrangement in the history of the nation speaks to the pride of place they placed on information and the people. We have a duty as an administration to make the vision speak loud to the virtues the State holds dear at all times.”
He said his administration decided to constitute a “Revitalisation Committee to re-engineer, refocus and revitalise the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation to achieve its objectives in the 21st Century broadcasting world.”
He added: “To execute this crucial task, we have assembled experienced and tested professionals in different and diverse areas of broadcasting from notable broadcast organisations in the country.
”The essence of this committee is not to downsize or rise-size but to reposition the station for the expected quality service .
“We are doing this to findout things militating against the quality performance of the station that didn’t make OSBC to be competitive with her counterparts in the world.
Speaking on behalf of members of the Committee, the Chairman said: “We commend Mr Governor for finding us worthy as part of the team for his administration progress as we are determined to add values to the system.
“We will not only give the job a professional touch but put in our best to ensure that we reposition OSBC for the betterment of the people of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“We will do our job without any fear or favour to place the station to path of efficiency, effectiveness and proficiency”.
The management of the OSBC led by the Director General Mrs Adejumoke Akinjiola, was also present at the inauguration ceremony.