The General Manager of
the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Mr Celestine Ogolo has charged inductees into the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) to be focused in their studies to be able to graduate with good grades.
He stated that this is the first step towards being guided by the ethnics of journalism which will aid them in practice and ultimately reduce the current rampaging quackery in journalism.
The General Manager, who gave the charge at the 9th induction of students of the Institute on Saturday at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, noted that quackery is a serious problem in journalism practice in Nigeria”.
Represented by the features Editor of The Tide, Mr Victor Tew, the General Manager stated that “it being the training wing of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, has a lot to do in providing what can best be described as a professional compass to guide the students and even practitioners of the profession”.
“They should work out some modalities to check these quacks because, today, you find so many challatans masquarading as Journalists. This is a serious problem,”, he said.
While also cautioning the students, the coordinator of the Port Harcourt Training Centre of IIJ Mr Ibituru I. Pepple advised them not to be carried away by the now fashionable feeling of some journalists who view the practice to fulfil what is popularly known as “stomach infrastructure”.
According to him, journalism is more concerned about the survival of society them the individual journalist.
“So many see journalism as a means to fulfilling their stomach needs. If you had come with the mind that journalism will fulfill that desire, then you have failed.
“Journalism needs dedicated people, persons who will be willing to spare their time not to just better themselves, but to better society, because journalists are mirrows to society. As a mirrow, you must be somebody that is dedicated and upright”, he said.
Also speaking, chairman of the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, urged the management and staff of IIJ to do more in terms of the development of the institute, especially in the area of metamorphosing into a monotechnic.
The chairman, who was represented by his secretary, Mr Soibi Max-Alalibo also urged the inductees to not only pass through the school, but also allow the school to pass through them.
“It is only when you allow the school to pass through you in terms of leanring and character that you can rightly say you have truly graduated, he said.
A total of 60 students were inducted into Diploma, Higher Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma courses.
UNIOSUN Appoints VC After Controversy
The Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye as the fourth substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.
Adebooye’s appointment comes about two months after his predecessor, Prof. Labode Popoola completed his tenure (November 4, 2021) as a result of controversy that dogged the selection process.
A statement by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, quoted the Governing Council Chairman, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) as saying that the selection process that produced the Professor of Plant Physiology was rigorous.
“The Council was able to exert rigorous efforts and sacrifice in the appointment procedures, which culminated in the appointment of Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye. We believe that he possesses the attributes to move the University forward and write a fresh chapter in the journey to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of the University”, he said.
Born on December 18, 1966, Adebooye has spent over two decades at UNIOSUN as a member of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Provost/Dean, Director, and Head of Department among others.
He has been a Visiting Professor to many universities in Nigeria, and abroad (Germany, Canada) and provides services for the United Nations.
RSUBEB Tasks Staff On Reorientation
As part of efforts to achieve maximum input and output at workplace for 2022 service year, the management of the Rivers State Universal Education Board (RSUBEB) has held a rededication service for staff to re-orientate them on the expected service delivery goals this year.
The rededication service with the theme: ‘You Are the Light of the World’ was attended by the commissioners, directors, heads of department, teaching and non-teaching staff at the board’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend.
Delivering his brief exhortation, the President, Rivers Baptist Conference, Rev EbifaWoko, who spoke on the theme of the event, described staff of the board as light bearers, saying that they were expected to provide radiance to those who would require their services.
Woko, who took his Bible reading from the Gospel Book of Mathew 5:14-16, told RSUBEB staff that as light bearers, they were expected to establish good relationship in their various office responsibilities, and be a source light that extinguishes darkness.
“The light we are talking is knowledge that will turn around the board and bring efficient and effective service delivery.
“When you subject the light unto your comfort zones alone, you are shutting the door of service from others. You shortchange and compromise on standards of the organisation. Let your lights be on the lamp stand so as to be on the positive side, and promote good direction at the workplace”, he stated.
Earlier in an interview with newsmen, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, VenFynefaceAkah said the essence of the rededication service was to re-orientate the staff on good moral conduct for service delivery, while appreciating God for His benevolence last year.
According to him, when things are done in God’s ways and pattern, it would reflect on both the individual and organisation, adding that great success and achievement would be accomplished.
“People who come in contact with you should feel satisfied and not the other way round. God should be seen and reflect in our character as we serve in our respective duties”, he stated.
Highlight of the event was special prayers offered for the leadership of the country, state security services as well as the RSUBEB.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Firm Charges Stakeholders On Teachers’ Training
Telecommunication Company, 9mobile, has advised stakeholders in the education sector to invest in training of teachers in order to instill quality education in pupils and students.
Executive Director, Regulator and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Mr Abdulraham Ado, stated this at a one-day Train The Trainer Workshop for teachers within the Lagos State Education District III comprising Lagos Island and Eti-Osa Local Councils.
Represented by the Public Relations Lead, , 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, stated that 9mobile was committed to prioritising the interest of the youths and would continue to invest in initiatives that impacted their development.
Ado said the workshop titled, ‘Understanding Affirmative Communication and the Emotional and Psychological Needs of a Child’, was aimed at equipping teachers with the skills to manage and influence the upcoming generation of students to be future agents of positive change.
He said, “Some months ago, we held a career counselling session for students of Akande Dehunsi Senior Secondary School on making career choices”.
we are back with a train the trainer workshop for teachers. Besides guiding students in academics and extracurricular activities, teachers play a critical role in shaping a child’s future.
“this has informed the decision to put this session together according to 9mobile’s focus on education as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) pillars. We recognize the efforts of our teachers, and we are here today to further encourage and equip them with skills that will further enhance their effectiveness and impact.”
One of the facilitators, a trained counselor and therapist, Emike Oyemade, advised the teachers to develop an effective communication strategy with their learners.
“As teachers, your style of communication must align with modern reality. You must learn to speak and understand your students’ language, use the right words to impact and influence them, and connect to correct where mistakes have been made.’’
A certified life coach and management trainer, John-Mabun Adesoga, said , “You cannot deliver well if you do not see your students as your children. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs of your students is a skill, and you must be deliberate about it.
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