Ex-Governor Osoba Named Chairman of NIJ Governing Council

A collage photo of former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba and the logo of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

Following the demise of its late Chairman, Ismaila Isa, the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Tuesday named a former Ogun State governor, Olusegun Osoba, as its new Chairman.

Members of council in session unanimously adopted the former governor at its meeting, after the Publisher of Vanguard Newspaper, Sam Amuka, introduced him as the new chairman of the council.

According to the minute of the meeting by the Acting Registrar, Patricia Kalesanwo, the meeting presided over by Osoba, was also attended by the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nduka Obaigbena.

Osoba is occupying this position 30 years after he served as the council chairman. 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.”

Besides, the meeting appointed a former president of NPAN, Ray Ekpu, as the Deputy Chairman of the Governing Council and incorporated the chairman of NIJ Alumni Association into the council in ex-officio capacity with no voting rights, saying this was to enable the old students to appropriately contribute to the repositioning of their alma mater.

With the tenure of the incumbent Provost, Gbemiga Ogunleye, expiring at the end of this month, the council constituted a committee to place advert and screen suitable candidate for the office of the provost immediately.

Idowu Sowunmi