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In its quest to provide platforms for journalists and graduate of mass communication to boost their academic qualifications, authorities of the Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), on Wednesday ordered that process of offering Postgraduates programmes in Mass Communication-related courses should be worked out immediately.

To this effect, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun directed the School’s Department of Mass Communication to come up with a framework and necessary papers for the Management to officially approve the take-off of the Postgraduates programmes (PGD/Masters/PhD) in the field.

Professor Ajibefun gave the directive in his office at the institution while playing host to the new Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo state Council.

The State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Adetona Aderoboye had earlier requested that the University should approve the commencement of Postgraduates programmes in mass communication-related field to enable members of the Union and other media professionals in the state to build their capacity.

NUJ Chairman also noted that no tertiary institution in the state is offering Postgraduate courses in the field of journalism hence the need for AAUA to give accelerated approval to the Postgraduates programmes.

Aderoboye equally appealed to the authorities of AAUA to include the programmes among the courses that would be offered at the proposed campus of the University at the Ondo State Public Service Training Institute (PSTI), Ilara-Mokin.

Responding, the Vice Chancellor who described media profession as a very critical aspect of any society, hence the need for the institution to expedite actions on the Union’s request.

Ajibefun said, “I also want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on your election as members of the Executive Council of your Union, your emergence is a clear indication of your acceptance by majority of journalists in our state. We also want to thank you and your members for your roles in promoting and projecting our University to the world, we will partner with you for mutual benefits of both sides.”

“The university wants to boost manpower at the department of Mass Communication, especially Senior academic staff before will can start Postgraduates programmes in that department. We have the Acting HOD of that department here, Dr Oyin Ade, I want you to immediately come up with a proposal to facilitate the takeoff of postgraduates courses.”

“Training at Postgraduate level needs good number of manpower, the department is very important to us, in the next few months, we will consolidate on what we are doing there, Dr Oyin Ade like I said, am asking you now to come up with a proposal on the (NUJ) request, here we talk less, we act more, come up with your proposal as soon as possible for approval.”

Ajibefun noted that, “Our radio here is doing well under your member, Victor Akinpelumi, great things are coming out of that station, we are proud of your members here Akinpelumi, Dupe Balogun. Like you know our mass communication department is doing wonderfully well too, we have Dr Oyin Ade, Dr (Gbenga) Abimbola, Dr Lamidi and others are doing.”

“We shall be counting on your Union and members to publicise our activities during the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the University, coming up soon this year,” the VC solicited.

The NUJ leadership had last month visited the Management of PSTI where it was disclosed that a satellite campus of AAUA would soon be located at the institute for first degree courses and Postgraduate programmes.

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