The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has assured the South West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) that his government would continue to engage them for the betterment of the state.
He challenged them to call the attention of his government to areas of public interest.
Hosting the representatives of the South West Group of Online Journalists (SWEGOP) on behalf of the governor in his office on Thursday, the acting governor of the state, Barrister Adebayo Abdul-Raheem Lawal has reminded the expanding community of online media practitioners of the need to emphasise what he called developmental journalism.
He identified online media practitioners as important members of society, adding that promptness in dishing out information is sacrosanct, and distinguishes online media practice from the conventional medium.
“I appreciate the coming together of online publishers as a group which gives room for regulations media practices and content,” he remarked.
The legal luminary assured his guests that the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde would engage them just as he urged them to always advise and call the government attention to issues that bother the wellbeing of the people and the development of the state, concluding “Our doors are open, we will always welcome your ideas and constructive
Chairman of the group, Mr Olayinka Agboola had earlier said the essence of the visit is to congratulate Lawal on his elevation to deputy governor.
Agboola commended Governor Makinde-led’s administration on his accomplishments in infrastructures, especially the remodelled Lekan Salami Stadium, motor parks and road construction.
He urged the government to look into environmental issues and security challenges in the state.
“We are not oblivious of the fact that the federal government has its giant share of the blame but Engineer Makinde’s government still needs to be more pragmatic in this respect,” he noted.
The SWEGOP chairman then assured the acting governor of further partnership with the government “as you work hard to take the state to the greatest height.”