The Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism has named a former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, as its new chairman. This followed the demise of its late chairman, Alhaji Ismaila Isa.
Members of the council in session unanimously adopted the former governor at its meeting on Tuesday, August 25, after the Publisher of Vanguard Newspaper, Sam Amuka, introduced him as the new chairman of the council.
According to the minute 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.
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.”
The council also appointed Ray Ekpu, a former president of NPAN 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. It said 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 advert and screen suitable candidate for the office of the provost immediately.