By: Aisha Harun (Nana bee)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullah, yesterday, at the faculty of Communication and Information Science lecture theatre (CISLT), was engaged in an interactive session with students and staffers of the mass communication department.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who was a one time minister of youth and sports, is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, and also of the Sussex University in the United Kingdom, where he studied a postgraduate programme in governance and development, due to a scholarship acquired by the British council Chevening Scholarship, where he bagged a Masters degree with distinction.
In his brief lecture titled “survival strategy in the Nigeria contemporary market” Mallam Bolaji talked about the topic as it relates largely to the mass communication department, before engaging the students in the interactive session proper. In his words, a journalist as stated in section 22 of the 1999 Constitution can hold the government accountable for their actions and as such every journalist has every right to be objective in their reports.
He talked at length about the issues surrounding professionalism and how technology has made the relevance of journalists decrease over time. He further reiterated that journalists need to ensure credibility and accuracy in their work and ensure “the boys are clearly separated from the men.”
To carry the students and other guests of honour at the occasion along, Mallam Bolaji used “an average cook and chef” scenario to describe eye witnesses/citizen journalists as compared to professional journalists respectively. According to him “mass communication should no longer be a discipline but should be a vocation to learn how to communicate.”
The chat which was more of question and answer section, helped proffer solutions to various matters, ranging from how to become journalists with passion, reportage of credible stories, being a voice for the masses amongst others; bugging the minds of the students and aspiring journalists present at the occasion.
Other members in attendance include the Dean of the faculty of Communication and Information Science, ably represented by the Subdean, Dr Azeez, Dr L.A Mustapha, Dr K K Kadiri, Alhaji Liadi Tella, Dr Tunde Omopupa of the Library and Information Science department amongst others.