Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi says his administration wants to make the state-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) a profitable multimedia entertainment and communication business.
The Governor disclosed this on Thursday in Ibadan while speaking at a strategy session organised for the BCOS by KPMG International promising that BCOS will become a reference point in Nigeria’s broadcasting industry.
According to the Governor, the forum was organised in conjunction with KPMG to examine and fashion out the way forward for the BCOS. He said that the station would soon witness a radical transformation that would make it a profitable multi-media entertainment and communication business.
“It is my expectation that the new BCOS will be a modern organisation whose manpower is made up of some of the most creative and technically-savvy managers in the Nigerian entertainment industry,” the Governor says.
Ajimobi says that the managers would be men and women whose managerial competencies rival those of their contemporaries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
“It is our vision that our media enterprise will one day become the Mecca for all broadcast practitioners and stakeholders in Africa, to become renewed and reinvigorated in readiness for the fiercely competitive environment of an impending digitalized broadcast regime,” he adds.
He recalled that on assumption of office in 2011, his administration’s immediate focus and action plan was to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry as well as the restoration of decrepit infrastructure.
The state’s scarce resources were then committed to achieving security and infrastructure development across the state, according to Ajimobi.
“I am not unmindful that the change needed was to build infrastructure of the mind of the citizenry.
“To do this, we always knew we needed to change our people’s attitude by changing their paradigms and thinking patterns.
“To achieve this paradigm shift, we knew we needed the right communication platform that is credible, respectable and trusted enough to be believable. We knew we needed a new BCOS.”
He said that all he wanted was a more holistic restructuring and repositioning that would ensure a sustainable and profitable future for the corporation.
“We want a new BCOS that will fulfill the dreams of one of its founding fathers, Chief Bola Ige,” he adds.
Ajimobi said that a team of creative and respectable professionals were drafted to the station to do a quick surgical fix, promising that his administration wanted the best for BCOS.