Osun state Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has named Ismail Omipidan as his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), with the sole responsibility of overseeing the governor’s media affairs..
He replaced Adeniyi Adesina who resigned on mutual consent to take up professional responsibility at The Nation, from where he came on secondment.
A statement by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prince Wole Oyebamiji said Omipidan’s appointment took effect Monday, August 5.
He was until his appointment an assistant editor in charge of politics at The Sun newspapers, Lagos.
The 44-year-old journalist who hails from Ila Orangun, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri, Borno state, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.
With some 20 years of journalism practice, he started his trade in Kaduna Polytechnic, as editor-in-chief of a training magazine — Kadascope.
The new CPS, who is also an alumnus of the University of Maiduguri, at different times worked withThe Comet, Weeekly Trust, The Week Magazine, The Guardian, The Spectator and The Punch, which was specifically for a four-month internship.
Omipidan joined The Sun as a pioneer staff in 2003 as Senior Correspondent and rose to the position of an assistant editor.
Member Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), the journalist was at different times acting secretary, Correspondents’ Chapel (NUJ) Borno state, secretary, SWAN, Borno state, chairman, Senate Press Corps, National Assembly, Abuja, treasurer (NUJ) Kaduna state council, vice chairman (NUJ) Kaduna state council and acting chairman (NUJ) Kaduna state council.
The new CPS is a regular face on TVC’s Journalists Hangout and married to Hajia Omolola Omipidan and the marriage is blessed with children.