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Ogun Commissioner Challenges Editors On Development Journalism

By Adejumo Kabir

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Dayo Adeneye has challenged campus journalists to be more focus more campus editors on developmental issues that affect the lives of downtrodden.

Chief Dayo, said this during the convention of the National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors, NANCE held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Abeokuta, Ogun last weekend.

The commissioner who was represented by Mr Waheed Adeshina urged campus editors to work hard in their various institutions to raise social and political consciousness of the students through adequate reporting of national and local contemporary issues.

“Pen is indeed mightier than sword, you can make difference from school. Many of the mainstream media persons we have today started from school.”

“Make sure you make impact with your pen. Don’t just criticise, recommend solution, the schools authorities need people like you and when they begin to make use of your recommendation, you have impacted the society through journalism”, he said.

Mr  Odunayo Adams,  Head Gossip Desk, Naij.com who delivered the keynote on the topic: “Open Source Journalism and New Media” said that the social media has provided enough platforms for the aspiring media practitioners in Nigeria.

“With social media platforms, you can get all your sources. All you need is fact checking through dependable sources that will provide quality ideas for your audience, social media is not only a platform to upload pictures, as campus journalists, if maximized appropriately it is a valuable tool for social mobilization”.

Meanwhile, the association elected new leadership as the tenure of Lukmon Fasasi, from Obafemi Awolowo, University, Ile- Ife led administration constitutionally expired this month.

The association elected Omole Isaac from OAU as the new President, Tomori Uriel from University of Ilorin, Vice President, Jonathan Oladimeji , Ogun State Institute of Technology,  General Secretary, Adejumo Kabir , OAU, Public Relations Officer, Aladelusi Oluwatosin , Federal School of Statistics, Regional Head, Hamid Fatteh, Federal School of Statistics, Financial Secretary and Atoyosoye Abigail, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic emerged as Treasurer.

Congratulating the New Executives,  The Public Relations Officer, Tai Solarin University of Education Lakene Nurain, admonished the new executives to work towards the progress and development of the association.

“I congratulate the new executives and I urge them to leave the association better than they met it next year when they will render account of stewardship of their administration.”

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