The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Chris Iziguzo, has tasked Nigerian universities emulate the University of Ilorin in the way it manages its academic and student affairs programmes.
Isiguzo made made the appeal during a recent visit to the university along with a delegation of the Union’s National Executive Council on a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, in his office.
The NUJ President, who was on a two-day visit to the Kwara State Council of NUJ said that he and his team were at the better by University to assess how members of his Union working at the University’s Corporate Affairs Unit are faring, adding that he was most delighted to know that some high-ranking academic staff of the University’s Department of Mass Communication have been assisting in the running of the Ilorin Study Centre of the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), the training arm of the Union.
The NUJ President also appreciated the University for accepting the certificates issued by the International Institute of Journalism as an entry qualification for the institution’s Master’s degree programme adding that available information have also shown that this collaboration has eventuated in the production of more competent professionals that are keeping those running the affairs of the nation on their toes.
While commending the high quality of teaching, research and community service obtainable at the University, Isiguzo said that the remarkable dispositions of the University to everything positive has placed the institution in a position of being second to none in Nigeria.
He, therefore, urged the University management to consider the possibility of organising regular refresher courses for journalists working within and around Kwara State as part of its corporate social responsibility and community development service.
He said that such periodic training would enhance the capacity of the benefitting media men towards adequate and competent discharge of their responsibilities to the society.
The number one journalist in Nigeria also commended the authorities of the University for engaging the services of a well-bred and meticulous professional in the mould of Mr. Kunle Akogun as the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs.
While acknowledging the fact that the Director is “a round peg in a round hole”, Mr. Iziguzo described Mr. Akogun as his “boss and mentor and one of those under whom I cut my journalism teeth when he was the Group News Editor of Thisday newspaper where I still work till date”.
Responding the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, thanked Mr. Iziguzo and members of his entourage for finding time to pay a working visit to the institution and for his encomiums on the University.
Prof. Abdulkareem, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. B. F. Sule, said that the University of Ilorin runs so many courses making it one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the country.
He added that the institution is not only the best among its peers in words but truly a giant in service delivery, land mass and students population.
The Vice-Chancellor, who commended the resourcefulness of the Director and members of staff of the institution’s Directorate of Corporate Affairs for assisting to keep the image of the University shining among its relevant publics, assured Mr. Iziguzo of the readiness of the University to maintain its alluring reputation and also work harder to remain on top.
Speaking earlier, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the University of Ilorin, Mr. Kunle Akogun, said that the University of Ilorin chapel of the NUJ was the first and only Chapel of the Union in any institution of learning in Kwara State, if not in the entire nation.
He added that the vibrancy of the chapel could be assessed from the quality of the content and programming of the institution’s radio outfit and the weekly as well as annual publication of the University all of which have contributed to the growth and high reputation of the University as a Centre of academic excellence.