By Roundoffnews

The Ekiti State House of Assembly Committee on Media and Public Affairs has begun move to set up a special center for public enlightenment and communication services.

The centre according to the committee is aimed at educating members of the public on the various programmes and policies of the house as well as showcase the giant strides of the assembly to the world.

According to a statement by the committee, the Centre for Public Enlightenment will have six units which are, Publications, Public Education/Enlightenment, Constituency Relations, Press, Inspectorate and ICT/Social Media

Members of the committee includes astute journalists such as Hon. Yemisi Ayokunle who is the chairman of the committee, Chief Gboyega Aribisagan and an administrator Hon. Femi Akindele Tunji Idowu among others.

The statement reads “Lately, for various reasons, this legislative assembly have noticed that legislation on government’s actions, programmes and policies, which ironically are conceived for the betterment of the citizenry, are often misconstrued by the people.

“This trend is not unusual in a democratic setting like ours and as such, the Committee on Media and Public Affairs believe it is in order to ensure that government and the citizenry operate on same page to ensure that this legislative arm of government places high premium on effective public information management.

“Aside showcasing the present Assembly as a performing legislature, the public enlightenment and communication initiative would, to a large extent, pave way for robust advocacy partnership with the executive arm of government on its policies and programmes such as the re-launched Social Security Scheme for the elderly (Owo Arugbo), restoration of values and dignity, road construction, enlargement of tax net, environmental sanitation advocacy, security initiatives as well as the attendant efforts at curtailing outbreak of epidemic coronavirus (CONVID-19) and other communicable diseases.

“It is, therefore, safe to affirm that public enlightenment is the lifeblood of any society and vital to the activities of both the Government and the people and will create an avenue to reflect back to this legislative assembly the views, aspirations, doubts, anxieties and hopes of the people about its legislations and oversight programmes.

The centre which will be equipped with modern facilities is expected to work in collaboration with various media organizations.