By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo, has agreed to partner with the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (OMPAN) Cross River State chapter.
Hon. Lebo stated this when the chapter led by her chairman, Comrade Efio-Ita Nyok, paid a familiarisation visit to his office.
He commended the members of the association for their resilience in disseminating information despite unfavorable conditions, adding that Cross River State youths innovative prowess is growing beyond imagination
He said ” about 65% of Cross state’s youths fend for themselves, while about 15% are been taken care of by the government and this is despite the over 5000 appointment made by his excellency”.
According to the Speaker, the statistics is commendable adding that, “the governor Ben Ayade led administration is building a future agenda to bridge the innovation gap”.
He went ahead to say, information today is critical, and “the era of government controlled media is out gone, following the technological evolution.
Therefore, as a Legislature, we have no option than to open the information space”.
Lebo also hinted OMPAN of the forth coming Online Media Conference tagged “Calabar Innovation Summit”. He said “by the first week of June, we are going to open an Online Media Conference. We are also looking at moving Africa Social Media Week to Calabar in June.
“At the summit, former governor Donald Duke will be speaking on the Future of Governance, Former Governor Liyel Imoke will be speaking about Service Delivery, while Governor Ben Ayade will be speaking on Industrialisation”.
The 8th Assembly Speaker said, “I want to leave the House more open to the New Media”, adding that, “15 Bills passed by the Cross River State House of Assembly are already available online and in June, one of our seating will be streamed Live”.
Speaking earlier, the state chapter Chairman of OMPAN, Comrade Nyok, who is also the publisher of NegroidHaven congratulated the Speaker and the House of Assembly for opening doors and embracing the New Media.
Nyok also requested for a working relationship with the Speaker and the House of Assembly.