Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said his administration has commenced the restructuring of state-owned media outfits to make them more viable and dependable primary sources of credible information.
Obaseki made the disclosure when the Mrs Nefishetu Yakubu-led new executive of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo Council, paid him a courtesy visit yesterday, at Government House, Benin.
Obaseki said: “Our goal is to reposition Edo as an information hub in this part of the world, and we are working to resuscitate the state-owned Nigerian Observer and Edo Broadcasting Service.”
He said the Nigerian Observer would be split into two components – the Printing Press and the Publishing Company – while the Midwest Newspaper Limited would also be restructured.
The governor said he did not believe in retrenching workers, but in giving them the opportunity to improve themselves through training and retraining.
“The members of staff of these media outfits will be retrained on digital reportage and publishing,” he said.
The governor promised to support and work with the new executive of the correspondents’ chapel.
‘’I believe in freedom of the press and would support you in the discharge of your duty.”