The State Government had earlier announced the introduction of a party and entertainment license which would be required to organise events in the state. A move which the Association of Entertainment Stakeholders in Oyo State (AESOS) have rallied against. In a statement whose text can be found below, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication & Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, stated that the move is in everyone’s best interests.

The announcement by the Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to the effect that entertainment show promoters should request and get appropriate government permits is being made in the collective interests of all stakeholders.

Since the primary duty of any government is the welfare and security of its citizenry, ministries, departments and agencies of the Oyo State Government are usually established and are continually retooled to carry out those constitutional mandates. To achieve these cardinal objectives, government agencies periodically review existing policies, enact new laws and restructure institutions to ensure that optimum service delivery is achieved by all those mandated to do so.

The main objective of the public service announcement therefore is to organize the various stakeholder groups into a coordinated network of business interests that are commercially viable and socially sustainable. It is similarly aimed at ensuring compliance with extant rules and regulations that guide the proper operations of businesses within the entertainment and tourism fields in Oyo State.

For the avoidance of doubt however, this government wishes to reiterate its commitment to the building of enduring structures, not only for the entertainment and allied industries, but for all businesses and professions that provide opportunities for creative self-expression for our teeming youngsters across the nooks and crannies of our state.

It is to be noted that this process is just at its earliest beginnings and is expected to be significantly strengthened with inputs from all stakeholder groups, especially those involved in show promotion and ancillary entertainment services.

Consequently, various stakeholder meetings are already being planned to generate and harvest useable opinions that will enrich the eventual strategic directions and eventual policies that will be implemented in the interest of our evolving entertainment and cultural industry in Oyo State.

All law abiding stakeholders are hereby assured of government’s renewed engagement and support for the growth and sustainable development of their respective enterprises, so long as it is in the mutual interests of all and sundry.

Yomi Layinka
Special Adviser,
Communication & Strategy
Office of the Governor,
Oyo State.

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