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I Will Investigate the Sack of FIBAN Members from BCOS – Gov Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has said the recent sack of members of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) from the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), will be thoroughly investigated.

The governor, said this while hosting members of the association at the Government House, Ibadan, adding that his administration will continue to run a transparent government.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, he quoted Makinde as saying that his government would not relent in its efforts to uplift the state adding that his administration will always run a transparent government in a bid to carry everybody along.

The governor pledged to investigate the issues between BCOS and FIBAN members within the next four weeks because he was aware of and grateful to them for their contributions towards his emergence as governor of the state.

He said: “I have seen that most times in politics, it is someone that will work while another person will enjoy the labour of another person. And I have always said that no other person will enjoy the labour of another person under my watch. That is why I said I apologised sincerely because you cannot suffer to install this government and you will eventually get something negative at the end of the day.

“So, I promise we will do the needful where necessary. And all the requests you have tendered will be addressed.”

Giving his comment on the lasting issue between FIBAN and BCOS, the governor said: “Within the next week and a half, we will take certain steps to get to the bottom of the issue that cropped up in BCOS.

“And moving forward, I don’t want a situation whereby people will be saying I became non-accessible since I got to this position. And that is why I did not even change my phone number and I did not add another number. I believe that most of the things you requested will be looked into logically and we will bite at those we can do for now. And I want to assure you that we will do most of them before the end of this tenure.

Comrade Seun Awodele, the state chairman of FIBAN, had earlier hinted that the association would do all within its capacity to back the present administration by supporting its programmes and policies with their broadcast contents.

He further added that the body would also support the government to accomplish its mandate and projections in the areas of education, health, urban development and social welfare for the people, saying “we will use our different platforms to project the good works of Governor Makinde.

“As a professional body, we relate with the past governments in Oyo State and our constitution also lets us understand that any governor that comes on board should be our grand patron.

“Since 2014, Atiba FM has been something that the state government is meant to achieve and when you came on board, we traced all your efforts to have a station in Oyo but, till now, nothing is going on. The reason we are a professional body is for us to have a place to showcase our potentials. As content providers, it is an opportunity for us to have Atiba FM, which I believe will be achieved by the special grace of God.

“Our members cover 85 per cent of those who present on air on different contents and we believe we can relate with the state-owned station. The duty of BCOS is to have the privilege to relate with the people in that state, which we believe if the governor can give us that grace, I am promising that we will bring back the glory of BCOS because we have the content,” Awodele said.

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