The newly inaugurated Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun has said that he has developed a blue print to reposition the ministry and ensure the government enjoys a good relationship with masses.
Olatunbosun, while decrying the present deplorable situation of the Cultural Centre, stated that the neglect of edifice by previous administration was an attempt to kill culture in Oyo State.
The commissioner also lamented the deplorable condition of structures in the state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, describing it as pathetic, disturbing and disappointing.
He disclosed during his tour to all agencies under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Monday, August 19, 2019.
He said that some government officials in the previous administration carted away some valuable equipment belonging to the ministry, especially those used during the 2015 general elections.
Olatunbosun, while rolling out programmes to drive information in the state, expressed his happiness over choice of people appointed by the Governor Seyi Makinde to work in his cabinet. He described them as people with latest experience in the happening in the country.
He explained that the Oyo State Ministry of Information has the best television and editing studios but has no single camera and other equipment to work with, including official vehicle for the Office of the Commissioner.
The newly inaugurated commissioner, in his assessment on the Cultural Centre, disclosed that Cultural Centre, which is supposed to be a hub of culture department is in dilapidated condition, and some other areas have become death traps due to neglect for over 10 years.
Olatunbosun, said that it is a deliberate attempt to kill culture in Oyo State, pointing that edifice like Cultural Centre is very rare in the country apart from one which is located in Lagos and another one in other state.
The commissioner also noted that situation of the state Press Centre in the Ministry calling for urgent attention, saying that the present administration under Engr. Seyi Makinde will turn around the fortune of the state Press Centre by changing all equipments that have been in existence since Lord Lugard era to the modern ones.
by Adegboyega Adekunle