By Sulaimon Sheriff
Radio owners and managers have been advised to imbibe the welfare mentality of the current administration in Oyo State in the day-to-day running of their businesses.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, gave the advice today during the official commissioning of Wells Radio, Ibadan.
He said those put in charge of broadcast management, be it government or private, must be discrete and sensitive to the vagaries of their work environment.
Prince Oyelade, who commended the Chief Executive Officer of the radio station, Mrs. Lillian Bademosi, for being the first female radio enterpreneur in Oyo State, urged her and her contemporaries not to downsize their workforce, considering the current economic challenges in the nation.
He said that for the avoidance of doubt, the current administration in Oyo state has the record of not downsizing its workforce since 2019 when it came to power.
He recalled that at the time, the outgoing administration deliberately effected a policy that made the salaries of workers increase by almost 100%.
Prince Oyelade said rather than seek ways through the back door to downsize, Governor Seyi Makinde reabsorbed scores of civil servants whose appointments were wrongfully terminated, adding that the pattern will continue till 2027.
“Rather than bellyache over the obvious mischief, the Seyi Makinde administration has been labouring successfully to cater for the welfare of civil servants and has even engaged in addition financial incentives to motivate the workers”, he said.
Prince Oyelade further argued that the astronomical growth of radio stations in Oyo state in the past four years can be directly traced to the investment-friendly policy of the Seyi Makinde administration.
“One of the fastest growing industries in Nigeria today is the broadcast radio industry, saying Oyo State has 51 stations,” he noted.
He said, “By the turn of 2019, Oyo state, according to the National Broadcasting Commission NBC records, had barely 20 radio stations, but today, we have 51”.
“With these statistics, only Lagos and River states and the Federal Capital Territory have more radio stations than Oyo state, and these are essentially the states that drive the nation’s economy.”
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Lillian Bademosi said the radio station, which started as an online platform in 2017, seeks to church out wholesome contents and inspire its listeners.
Prince Dotun Oyelade,
Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation,
Jan 1, 2024.