The Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof. Onyemachi M.Ogbulu, instructed journalists on the need for a thorough investigation of their stories before going to press, in order to induct professionalism in the performance of their duties.
Professor Ogbulu, who gave the charge when the leaders of the State Council of the Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) Abia paid him a courtesy visit, congratulated the new leader led by Comrade Victor Ndukwe on their election. successful, and urged them to exercise restraint in rushing to post negative stories about government, institutions, organizations and individuals to sell their articles or promote their blogs without verifying the authenticity of the stories.
Citing a recent kidnapping incident in the Okigwe Axis, where an ABSU student was victimized but later released thanks to swift intervention by the governing authorities, he lamented the inaccurate and divergent reports of the incident. by different newspapers, without proper investigation, and reminded them that journalists, in particular NUJ, Abia Council are true partners of progress, and should also deploy the same energy to report on the increasingly positive evolution of the university .
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The vice-chancellor revealed that the university will continue to maintain cordial relations with the NUJ, especially in training and retraining its members for better efficiency, and revealed that the university’s mass communication department has now been unbundled into various specialized programs which will be of great use. interest in them.
He used the forum to call on parents to stop forcing their children to only seek admission in medicine, law, nursing, pharmacy and other over-enrolled professional courses, but allow them to choose courses of their interest with a comparative advantage of being admitted, as well as where they can properly develop the potential given by God.
Speaking earlier, the President of the NUJ, Comrade Victor Ndukwe, congratulated Ogbulu on his appointment as the 8th Vice-Chancellor of the University, and urged him to maintain the level of academic excellence for which the He University is known over the years.
He expressed NUJ’s wish to partner with the University in the training and retraining of journalists, and to work with the administration to promote its activities.
In a vote of thanks, ex-national official member representing the South East, Ezeogo Bonny Okoro, expressed optimism that the visit would further strengthen relations between journalists and the University, and thanked the vice-chancellor and his management for the warm welcome.
In another development, the National Guidance Agency (NOA) chose Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, as one of the institutions where the Integrity Club, one of its programs focused on young, would be established.
The director of the Abia state agency, Dr Lady Ngozi Okechukwu, made it known on Friday, during a visit to the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe.
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The director, who was accompanied on the visit by some senior agency officials, said the integrity club was established in accordance with the federal government’s national ethics and integrity policy, which aims to strengthen respect for national ethics and respect for integrity. among Nigerians.
According to Dr Okechukwu, the Integrity Club will help teach young Nigerians about the virtues of national ethics and enlist them as vanguards in the fight against corruption.
Speaking further, Ms. Ngozi Okechukwu, noted that the agency has launched a Campus Focus program, which would tackle the myriad of vices existing in higher education institutions in the country. According to the State Director, the Youth Bulge in Nigeria is a time bomb waiting to explode, a situation which underscores the need for the different approaches taken by the federal government to steer young people on the path to productivity and development. national.
In response, the vice-chancellor thanked visitors for coming, describing the efforts of the National Guidance Agency as crucial to tackle the social vices currently plaguing the country.
The VC said youth-centered initiatives are vital due to the status of Nigerian youth as a resourceful segment of the country’s population, assuring the agency that it would get all the support it needs to facilitate its programs at the university.