July 1, 2022 8:48 pm

Varsity To Train & Retrain Journalists, VC Assures

By Our Reporter

The Vice Chancellor, Abia State University, Uturu ABSU Professor Onyemachi Maxwell Ogbulu has assured that the University will continue to maintain cordial relationship with the Abia State NUJ chapter in training and retraining of its members to improve their skills for better proficiency and efficiency.

Professor Ogbulu, who gave the assurance, when the Executive of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Abia State Council, paid him a courtesy visit at ABSU, revealed that the Mass Communication Department of the University has now been upgraded to a Faculty and unbundled to various specialized departments that will be of great interest to them.

The ABSU VC who was flanked by the DVC Academics, Prof. Goddy Emezue; Registrar, Dr. Acho Elendu and the University Librarian, Prof. Udo Nwokocha revealed further that admission quota remained an issue of worry to the institution and passionately appealed to Journalists to help sensitize the people particularly students seeking admission to diversify in their course choice as vibrant, promising and beautiful courses abound in the institution waiting for students to fill in allotted quota.

He also used the forum to call on parents to stop forcing their children to seek admission only in medicine, law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and other over subscribed Professional courses, but allow them chose courses of their interest with comparative advantage of gaining admission, as well as where they can properly develop their God given potential.

Prof. Ogbulu tasked journalists on the need for thorough investigation of their stories before going to press, as a way of enthroning professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

Citing a recent kidnap incident in Okigwe axis, where a student was a victim, and subsequently released through prompt intervention of the governing authorities, he lamented the inaccurate and divergent reports of the incident by different newspapers, without proper investigation, that could bring negative image to the University and the State.

He reminded the media practitioners that journalists, especially NUJ Abia Council are veritable partners in progress, and should also deploy the same energy to report the ever increasing positive development in the University in particular and Abia State in general.

Prof. Ogbulu congratulated the new leadership of Abia NUJ led by Comrade Victor Ndukwe on their successful election, and urged them to exercise restraint in the rush to publish negative stories about Government, Institutions, Organizations and Individuals to sell their newspapers, magazines or promote their blogs without ascertaining the authenticity of their stories.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, NUJ, Comrade Victor Ndukwe, congratulated the Vice Chancellor on his appointment as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University, and urged him to sustain the standard of academic excellence the University is known for over the years.

He expressed the desire of NUJ to partner the University in the training and retraining of journalists, and work with the administration to promote its activities.

The National Ex- official member representing South East, Ezeogo Boniface Okoro in a brief speech, expressed optimism that the visit will further solidify the relationship between journalists in Abia and the University, and thanked the Vice Chancellor and his management for the warm reception.

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