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On his first day in office, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, kick-started the Oyo State Social Mobilization Technical Committee, SOMTEC, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF.


SOMTEC, which was relaunched on Thursday at the Ministry of Information and Orientation, Secretariat, Ibadan, had been abandoned since 2018.

During the relaunch of SOMTEC, in his office, the Commissioner said the Ministry will work with relevant agencies to undertake effective public awareness.

He said the Ministry will ensure proper orientation of households on the need for disease prevention among children and women in some affected communities in Oyo State.

Prince Oyelade said the Ministry of Information and Orientation will intervene in the progress of children’s well-being in the state, in conjunction with other ministries, departments, and agencies.

The relaunch, which was attended by the UNICEF Social Behavioural Change Specialist and other stakeholders from Media Houses, and MDAs agreed to meet quarterly.

“We will co-operate with you and ensure everything within the purview of our job is done with utmost zeal,” Prince Oyelade said.

Speaking, the UNICEF Social Behavioural Change Specialist, Aderonke Akinola-Akinwole, said SOMTEC’S quarterly meeting will ensure attitudinal change for results among parents and caregivers for a healthier Oyo State.

She urged MDAs and relevant stakeholders to work with UNICEF and the Ministry of Information and Orientation on achieving this new goal on SOMTEC.

Also in attendance was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Dr. Taiwo Ladipo and Directors.

Earlier, Prince Dotun Oyelade met with the management team of the Ministry, led by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Taiwo Ladipo.

The Permanent Secretary noted that Prince Oyelade has the requisite expertise, integrity, courage, and experience to oversee the affairs of the Oyo State Ministry of Information and orientation.

The new commissioner is the immediate past chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS, Ibadan. OYO NEWS

By oyonews

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