The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, on Thursday, highlighted the importance of information to human development and existence.
Abdulkareem gave this hint during a courtesy paid to on him by the executive committee of the Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its Chairman, Mallam Umar Abdulwahab.
“Your profession is a noble one. It is one of the oldest in the world. As you know, information plays crucial role in human society. If not for the opportunity to be informed from time to time, we would have been in the dark.”
“I want to say that as important as information is, the problem we have these days is that we have social media that makes everybody to be journalists, there is nothing we can do about it.
Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, also declared that he joined the services of the university as of the richest academic staff contrary to widespread rumours that he became rich when he joined the University as a lecturer.
He denied reports in a section of the social media about how he made his fortunes after being employed as a lecturer in the institution.
The VC stated that it would be difficult to checkmate social media reports because the platforms had turned everyone into journalist though many of them do not have requisite professional training.
He told the visiting team that he was in the United States for 22 years and Saudi Arabia for two years where he worked comfortably before relocating to Nigeria.
“Contrary to what was reported about me, I joined University of Ilorin probably as one of the very rich lecturers. I was in the US for 22 years, Saudi Arabia for 2years and there I was more comfortable”, Abdulkareem said.
He thanked the state council of NUJ for choosing him as a patron, assuring that the institution under his vice-chancellorship would do its best to partner with the union.
The state chairman of NUJ, Mallam Umar Abdulwahab, had earlier congratulated Abdulkareem on his appointment as the Unilorin helmsman and commended him for elevating Mr Kunle Akogun as substantive Director, Corporate Affairs Directorate of the university.
He said the union under his leadership was prioritizing safety of members against impunity, intimidation and harassment, pointing out that many members of the union had suffered one attack or the other.
Prior to his visit to the vice-chancellor, Abdulwahab in company of other members of the executive had earlier inaugurated the new executive of Unilorin FM Chapel where Tajudeen Babamale emerged as chairman of the chapel.
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