Following the passing of the Chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Alhaji Ismaila Isa, the Governing Council of the union has announced former Ogun State governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, as its new chairman.
In a unanimous decision taken during their meeting on Tuesday, August 25, the Council adopted the former governor after the Publisher of Vanguard Newspaper, Sam Amuka, introduced him as the new chairman of the council.
Osoba is occupying this position 30 years after he last served as the council chairman.
According to the minutes of the meeting signed by the Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Patricia Kalesanwo, the meeting presided over by Osoba, was also attended by the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mr Nduka Obaigbena.
The council said its decision to appoint the former governor for the position again is to “explore his wealth of knowledge, administrative skill, professional depth, and goodwill to reposition the institute in this era of technology-driven communication industry.”
The council also appointed former president of NPAN, Mr. Ray Ekpu, as the deputy chairman of the Governing Council and incorporated the chairman of NIJ Alumni Association into the council in ex-office capacity with no voting rights.
According to the council, this is to enable the old students to appropriately contribute to the repositioning of their alma mater.
As the tenure of the Provost, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, expires at the end of this month, the council directed the establishment of a committee to place an advert and screen suitable candidates for the office of the Provost immediately.
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