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NIJ Provost charges media on knowledge of constitution

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By Elizabeth Uwandu

The Provost, Nigerian Institute of Journalist, NIJ, Mr Gbemiga Ogunleye has called on the academia, especially media lecturers to inculcate the knowledge of the constitution in the teachings of media.

The lawyer cum media practitioner and guest speaker at the media lecture organised by the Lagos State University, School of Communication to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Mr Olujimi Kayode, said lack of knowledge of Nigerian constitution is a key factor militating the practice of journalism despite the advancement in technology.

Attributing the inability of the media to perform optimally to lack of reading, the Provost said “Journalists don’t read enough because when we read, we know what the law requires of us.”

Giving testimonial on the celebrant, Dr Olujimi, the former Dean of Faculty, LASUCOM , Prof Lai Oso described Jimikay as his fondly called, as a scholar, a very good researcher and teacher and above all, a very compassionate person.

Prof Oso however noted.” My advise for Jimkay as a gentleman and perfect human being is for him to more cautious on his views about life, and also take things more serious at this his diamond age”.

Attributing his success today to the effort the celebrant played, Dr Olatunji said, “when I joined the staff of this school, I was late because I was making money in the private sector. When I came, he literary put those of who haven’t taught at this level with his rich library. Most the knowledge I gained as a lecturer started through his library. He was and still a mentor to me as far as academics is concerned’’.


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