The Oyo State Government will on Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9, 2017 hold the first state council on information summit.
The two day event is aimed at improving and strengthening the information network of government and making the media veritable partners in the sustainable development of Oyo State.
The Government said that the first of its kind State Information Summit will be an avenue for stakeholders to come together to address proper dissemination and management of information in the state and the country as a whole.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said that the theme of the Information Summit is “Managing Information and Communication: The Catalyst for Sustainable Development” and it will hold at Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi hall, opposite University College Hospital, (UCH), Ibadan.
Arulogun said that Governor Abiola Ajimobi will declare the summit open while the Former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Former Editorial Chairman of Guardian Newspaper, Dr Reuben Abati will give the keynote address.
The Commissioner explained that the summit becomes imperative based on vitriolic language and toxic narratives which have filled the media space in recent times saying that these rancorous discussions especially on radio and the social media have distorted information dissemination in the country.
The government spokesman said that the Head of Department, Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Professor Ayobami Ojebode will deliver a paper on Language Use in Communication at a session to be chaired by Former Special Adviser to Governor Chimaroke Nnamani and Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Media and a member of the Editorial Board of Tribune Titles, Dr Festus Adedayo, while a paper titled Everybody is a Journalist: the Implication of Digital Media is to be delivered by Former Thisday Editor and Publisher of The Cable NG, Mr. Simon Kolawole will be chaired by Dr Babatunde Ojebuyi, a senior lecturer in the department of CLA, UI.
Arulogun stressed that a paper titled Journalism Profession: Ethics, values and Conducts, A Legal Perspective, will be handled by A Partner, Perchstone & Graeys, Mr. Tolu Aderemi at a session to be chaired by Former State Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and former Head of Department, Mass Communication, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Mr. Kayode Akinpelu.
He stated that the summit will have in attendance Commissioners for Information from South West States, Publishers, Zonal Directors, Editors, Broadcasters, Radio and Television presenters, members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Members of the Association of Advertising Agency of Nigeria (AAAN), members of the RATTAWU, members of FIBAN, League of Veteran Journalists and other stakeholders.