Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has described the media as a crucial partner to government and promised a sustained robust relationship.
Speaking during a fast-breaking dinner with Osun-based media executives at the Government House in Osogbo, the governor attributed the successes so far recorded by his administration to the support from the media.
Oyetola said: “I am always happy to see members of the press around me because I have realised for a very long time that the success and otherwise of government lies with the media.
“As a matter of fact, no government can do any meaningful thing without the press and I have recognised this from the first day.
“As I thank you for the kind of atmosphere that exists between us. I also want to seek your support, cooperation and partnership to move the state forward.
“Let’s remain partners in progress. Let talk of what binds us together, not what divides us. Let’s see the security of lives and property of the citizens as well as the general welfare of the people as things to be promoted.
“It is high time for all us to see the socio-economic and political development of the state as our priority. We must work together to promote our commonwealth and place our state on the path of progress and prosperity.
“We need ideas, suggestions and lofty comments and opinions to move the state forward.
“I will always leave my doors open to ideas. As a Governor, I need your contributions to succeed. See me as your friend because being a Governor is an opportunity for me to serve the people and effect positive and meaningful change, particularly to ensure impactful socio-economic development and as well turnaround the fortune of the state.”
On his plan for the youths, he said: “As you all know, our administration is supporting every sector, particularly the development of the mineral resources with a keen interest in mining, forestry and agriculture.
“The motive behind this is to properly harness our potentials in this sector for maximum development. Our plan is to get our youths fully engaged in agriculture and mining for the betterment of our state.”
General managers of media organisations in the state, union leaders and reporters attended the session.