Rep calls for media, legislature partnership 

The lawmaker representing Akoko North-West/Akoko North-East Federal constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Ife Oluwa Ehindero, weekend, called for partnership between the House and the Media.

 He said the role of the media on national development canbe  immeasurable and to succeed, lawmakers must partner the media in their legislative duties.

Ehindero made the call during a courtesy visit on him in his office at the National Assembly, by members of Ondo State indigene journalists under the aegis of Ondo State Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OSMEPAN), on Friday.

Addressing visiting journalists, Hon. Ehindero expressed profound appreciation while also encouraging journalists not to relent on the Ondo state project.

He assured of his readiness to partner with journalists on any agenda geared towards the progress of Ondo state and Nigeria at large.

The Oyin-Akoko lawmaker said, “I must commend you and thank you for finding the time for this visit. When I saw your letter, that you are coming for this visit, I told my media officer, Blessing Akeju, that he should schedule a meeting, so that we can interact.

“As far as anything Ondo state is concerned, the reality that we are far from home means that we must always look out to see how we can work together as you have said.

“When it comes to the media, you have a very vital role to play given the kind of information at your disposal, which your representatives may not have; and when you consider the number of years many of you have spent in the media space, you have a lot of information regarding legislative arm of government, which people like us who are just coming to the National Assembly might not have.

“Those information may help us, because there are some bills that they have moved in the past that have not passed first, second and third readings. Those bills might be important bills that one might have to move again.

“When you have people in the media, who can remind the legislatures that someone tried to move this bill at a certain time, and these bills are still hanging, someone in the media can remind you that such bills need to be revisited.

“So, the role of the media is so vast and very important to national development,” Ehindero stated.

Eulogising the newsmen, Ehindero pledged his readiness to work with journalists on a mutually beneficial relationship that will advance the course of his constituency, Ondo state, and the nation at large.

In their presentation, the visiting journalists led by its national coordinator and the publisher of RegnetAfrica Times newspapers, Shola Akingboye, earlier in his comment could not hide the association’s feelings for the honour to meet with the lawmaker. 

He expatiated on the mission of the association and highlighted the need to join hands with Ondo lawmakers in addressing various challenges affecting the state, using their various platforms as the voice of the people.