The former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba has been unanimously appointed as the new Council Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos, thirty years after he left the position.
The appointment was announced on Tuesday after meeting by the governing council of the Institute held at its chamber, the first since the passage of the late chairman Alhaji Ismaila Isa, and was attended by the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria(NPAN) Mr. Nduka Obaigbena
The Publisher and veteran journalist Mr, Sam Omuka introduced the new Chairman of the council who was unanimously adopted by member of the council in session, while a former President of Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Ray Ekpu was also appointed as Deputy Chairman.
A statement by the Acting Registrar of the Institute Mrs. Patricia Kalesanwo said, the assumption of Osoba as the chairman of the council 30 years after he left the position is to explore wealth of knowledge, administrative skill, professional depth, and godwill to reposition the institute in this era of technology driven communication industry.
The meeting also resolved that the chairman of the NIJ alumni association be incorporated in to the council in Ex-officio capacity with no voting tight, explaining that, this is to enable the old student to appropriately contribute to the positioning of their alma matter.
Other decisions taken were :
*That following the expiration of the tenure of the Provost Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye by 18 months, council thanked him for the services and wish him the best in his future endeavor from the end of August 2020
*Council directed its establishment committee set in motion through the placement of advertisement and screening of a suitable candidate for the office of provost immediately. That all standing committee should be meeting regularly as appropriate and submit working papers for the council to fast track the repositioning drive.
*The council commended the untiring efforts of leaders in the profession including Mr. Nduka Obiagene, Sam Amuka and late Ismaila Isa in steering the ship of the institute up till the moment. That beside a minute silence in honour of the late Chairman Alhaji Ismaila Isafuntua, a day of tribute organized by the school management in honour of Alhaji Isa