Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Owena Press Limited (OPL), publisher of The Hope newspaper, Sir Ademola Adetula, has reeled out his accomplishments during his tenure.
While expressing gratitude to Governor Akeredolu for giving him the opportunity to contribute his quota towards making the medium a toast of people in the South West, while handing over the reins of authority to the paper’s Editor and most senior staff, Akin Adubuola, he told his audience that when he assumed duty in October 2018 as the Chairman/CEO of the company, The Hope status had nose dived and there was the dearth of a regional newspaper in the South West.
He said he and his team went to work and the end result was the repositioning of the status of the newspaper, boost in circulation and building of goodwill among critical stakeholders in the state.
He made it known that the medium was taken beyond propagating the achievements and activities of the state government, to a medium the people of the South West and Ondo state in particular, are proud of as their own.
According to him, his tenure was able to extend the newspaper’s coverage to some South West states by deploying correspondents and opening offices in Osun and Ekiti.
” We embarked on the provision of good and reliable working tools for the staff, with procurement and distribution of 10 Palm Tops for reporters to enhance quality reportage. We also embarked on training of three Editorial Staff at FRCN Training School, Lagos, continuous in-house training through lectures and seminars for editorial and non-editorial staff and procurement of standard cameras for photographers “.
He equally harped on the provision of a more conducive environment for staff to work. ” We also made efforts towards providing conducive environment for the workers by tiling nine offices, extension of existing building to accommodate Newsroom and Account Staff, procurement of chairs and tables for offices and landscaping, drainage and interlocking of the company’s premises.
To bring about the quality production of the newspaper, the Editor-In-Chief said his administration procured generators and a motorcycle to strengthen its circulation “.
Furthermore, he disclosed that 27 staff whose promotions were long overdue were promoted, adding that the newspaper was made more visible in the global scene through the upgrading of its internet facility “.
Adetula however urged the company’s management and staff to continue to work in harmony and be focused, in order to collectively move the organisation forward.
He particularly urged the Editor of the newspaper, Mr. Akin Adubuola, the most senior staff of the company he handed over to, to win the hearts of the staff and work in unison.