By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
A Lagos Lawmaker, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade has charged journalists to be more professional in the discharge of their duties and also to stick to the ethics of their profession.
Agunbiade, who is the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, gave this advice while speaking with executive members of Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents’ Association (LAHACA) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Monday.
While congratulating the new executive members, the lawmaker promised to support the association in whatever way he could , urging members of the association not to compromise the standard of their profession.
“I have always been a friend of the media, I love the media profession because it is a noble profession, maybe someday I may still have to go for a course in journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) or elsewhere.
” I remember when I was in secondary school, we formed the Writers Club, during my NCE days too, we started the Galaxy Press Club, as a student at the Lagos State University, we formed The SCAD, which produced the first campus newspaper then”, he said.
The Majority Leader however said he sometimes move away from the media for fear of being misquoted.
“Some of your fellow journalists, when you grant them an interview, they will go and add their own just to make it sensational, that is why I try to avoid the media sometimes because you can’t misquote silence.
We are ready to work with you as long as you remain professional, keep the integrity of your job intact because as a person I avoid anything that can come between me and my integrity”, he said.
While commenting on ‘ The World University Rankings 2021’ by Times Higher Education where LASU was ranked 548th in the world and 2nd in Nigeria, Agunbiade attributed the feat to a now stable academic environment in LASU.
“We need to commend Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun the Vice Chancellor and his team for this, then, we should not also forget the initiative of the Lagos House of Assembly for amending LASU Law to give a single term of five years to the Vice Chancellor.
” The problem has always been about the tenure of the V.C., maybe the people within the campus community are not comfortable with a V.C for example, they will be wary of having the VC for another tenure in office and they start mobilising the staff unions, the students and the whole university community against the VC, academic activities will become paralysed, school programmes disrupted.
These are the things the House saw to have recommended a single term of five years for the VC which has made the school to be stable. Academic activities are now going on smoothly, quality research continues, the citation of the school continue to increase, leading to an improvement in the global image of the school, the result is what you have seen”, he concluded.