Ajimobi appoints ex-Sun Executive Director, Bolaji Tunji as spokesperson, redeploys Layinka

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has approved the appointment of
an Ex- Executive Director with the Sun Newspaper, Mr. Bolaji Tunji as
Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy.

Ajimobi in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday by the Secretary
to the state government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, also announced the
appointment of Mr. Yomi Layinka as Special Adviser, Ibadan Media City
Project. Layinka was until his redeployment the Special Adviser,
Communication and Strategy.

Alli in the statement noted that Layinka is expected to oversee the
proposed transformation of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State
into a massive and formidable media, entertainment and cultural hub
for South-West Nigeria.

According to him, the redeployment of the governor's former spokesman
to the new project was to further proof of the government's commitment
to reclaiming the state's pioneer status as Nigeria's leading centre
of media, entertainment and culture.

Layinka, a veteran broadcaster, is being saddled with a new
responsibility of transforming the corporation into a hub that would
include television and radio broadcasting production studios, theme
parks/resorts, hospitality centre, a media academy and hosting venue
for major live events in the sub-region.

Alli had at a press conference in February stated that the ongoing
reorganization in the corporation was a part of a long-term plan by
the governor to transform the edifice to a leading media and
entertainment hub that propels the unique Yoruba cultural heritage.

Until his new appointment, Tunji was the ED, Special Duties and a
member of the board of the Sun Newspapers, where he took a leave of
absence to assume his new role.

An alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, the new
governor's spokesman was the pioneer Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief
of the New Telegraph newspaper.

He began his journalism career at the Guardian newspaper in March
1993, from where he joined the Daily Independent newspaper as pioneer
deputy news editor in 2001 and had a meteoric rise to the position of
an Editor.

Tunji also had a stint with the Daily Times before joining the defunct
Comet newspaper, which later metamorphosed into The Nation Newspaper.

At the Nation, he was the pioneer editor of the Saturday title, before
joining the repackaged National Mirror as pioneer Sunday Editor and
later Editor of the National Mirror, the flagship of the Global Media
Mirror Limited titles.

He left the National Mirror to assist in the setting up of the New
Telegraph, where he served as the pioneer MD/EIC, before being
appointed as the ED, special duties of the Sun Newspaper. Tunji is
married and is blessed with male and female children.
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