Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi has assured of government readiness to maximise the government printing press in Akure through patronage. Mr Olowolabi gave the assurance when he paid a working visit to the printing press.
The Commissioner, who expressed his displeasure at the negligence of the office for years said: ‘ what we have here is huge and massive and will be useful to the government. This office is a hidden gold mine. The equipments are some of the best around. To be frank, these types are rare as cannot be found in any private organisation in this area. I plan to make a representation to the Governor on the neglected treasure here.
As a government which want to change the way things were done in the past, you should expect government to give this place a sense of belonging here with priority attention. I am happy to have come here to see things for myself. No report could have given me what I witnessed. To see the various machines and equipments working delights me. We cannot continue to watch good investment waste away without harnessing them. The categories of workers have shown a high degree of responsibility with the manner their tools are being maintained even with years of negligence.
Earlier, the Commissioner and his team had been received with pomp and pegeantry as a short service of praises prayers were held. The Director of Finance and Administration of Government Press, Pastor Tunde Akindote, who conducted the Commissioner round the premises and different sections had said the printing press was capable of fulfilling all government printing needs.
He however lamented government non-patronage for over ten years. ‘We are delighted to see you in our midst sir. This is a sign of better things to come for this place. You are the first Commissioner to pay us a visit in ten years’ The Commissioner was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Taiwo Kolawole and Directors in the Ministry.