By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Pioneer National President of Nigeria Association Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs Moji Makanjuola has charged Mass communication students of Kwara State University (KWASU) to give no breeding space to fake but embrace Integrity.
The Retired seasoned broadcaster urged the students to be courageous so as to be successful on journalism field adding that Journalism is a profession she would always identified with.
Makanjuola stated this at a maiden edition of “Professional Day” of Department of Mass communication tagged; “Media, Fake news and 2019 General Election” where she was honoured with an award of Excellence at the University on Friday.
“I want to encourage you to give zero tolerance to fake news and champion integrity, Journalism remains a profession of Integrity I will continue to identify with,” she said.
As a form of encouragement for the students Chief Mrs Makanjuola announced a gift of N100,000 for best graduating female student of Mass communication beginning from 2018/2019 academic session.
In his speech, the Guest speaker Sam Omatseye said fake news originates from people especially politicians who want self fulfilling prophecy.
The Chairman Editorial Board of the Nation newspaper urged journalists to be conscious adding that no fact is too small to check.
Omatseye said the only antidote to fake news is fact.
Similarly, an awardee, Director, Public Affairs National Agency For Food and drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Abubakar Jimoh commended the students for making history out of the programme been the first of its kind.
In his good will message, Alhaji Tunde Akanbi of Radio Kwara called for rethink on the part of students embracing journalism as a profession rather than getting the certificate and diverting to another field of profession.