A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has been appointed as the chairman of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).
Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, confirming the appointment on Wednesday, described it as a true call to service, saying it is as “fitting as fixing a round peg in a round hole.”
Chief Osoba, according to Governor Abiodun, spent his most productive years as a respected member of the fourth estate of the realm, establishing a reputation for diligent and responsible journalism.
“Even when not in active practice, he still sees himself, first as a reporter before anything else and keeps mentoring younger professionals. Yes, he has been a decorated administrator, statesman and boardroom guru, but journalism remains his primary constituency and flows in his bloodstream”, the governor said.
He added that: “It is a tribute to the undying reportorial excellence and acknowledgement of his prowess that Chief Osoba was unanimously adopted by a council peopled by the best and brightest across all sections of the media.”
Gov. Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, thanked the Publisher of Vanguard Newspaper, Sam Amuka and his ThisDay counterpart, Prince Nduka Obaigbena for their support and solidarity for the new NIJ Council Chairman, saying, “Baba Osoba will see this as a true call to service”.
Aremo Osoba has Mr Ray Ekpu, another outstanding journalist, as his deputy.
Osoba is returning to the NIJ Governing Council chair he occupied 30 years ago.
He is a first class reporter who had many scoops and exclusive investigative reports to his credit.
He was also a well-known media manager before his foray in politics.in Kaduna as four abducted secondary school girls, teacher remain in captivity
Parents of the abducted schoolgirls from Prince Academy in Damba Kasaya, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State have expressed fear over the continued stay of their children in kidnappers’ den as communication is yet to be established with the abductors.
Most parents who spoke to DAILY POST Wednesday morning on condition of anonymity, expressed fears, as there was no formal demand for ransom, and nothing has been heard from their abductors since they were kidnapped.
The four abducted students and a teacher include:
1. Mr Ezra Bako – age 17,
2. Miss Miracle Saitu Danjuma – age 15
3. Miss Favour Danjuma – age 10
4. Miss Happiness Odoji – age 16
5. Miss Christiana Madugu (Teacher) – age 29
They were abducted on August 24, 2020 by yet to be identified gunmen at the Prince Academy Damba Kasaya, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State.
Meanwhile, another victim, Mr. Benjamin Auta aged 35 was killed during the attack.
Two motorcycles belonging to Mr Markus Iddi and Mr Maidoki Tanko were taken away by the bandits.
It was also gathered that the criminals carted away thousands of Naira collected from the invaded houses.
The source who refused to disclose his name for fear of further attack also informed that 23 mobile phones were taken away and the First Baptist Church, Damba Kasaya was set ablaze.