Saturday, 12 September 2015

Campus Journalists To Snub SU Osogbo Press Conference

Campus journalists in Obafemi Awolowo University under the aegis of the Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ) have vowed to snub the Students’ Union press conference billed for Monday, 14th September, 2015 at the state capital, Osogbo.

The decision to snub the planned press conference is coming after the announcement made today at various Halls of residence of the institution inviting students who wish to follow the Union to Osogbo for the press conference. Campus journalists have complained of the continued disregard of the internal media by the Union especially the Central Executive Council when it comes to her functions and meetings outside the campus community.

Directing all campus journalists to boycott the Press Conference, the Chairman, Guild of Editors, Mr Olanrewaju Oyedeji in a Statement released late Saturday evening called on campus journalists to snub the supposed ‘press conference’ and that any consequence that emerges from attendance as campus journalists will not be a burden of ACJ OAU.

“A man is of high value only when he values himself. It came to the notice of the Guild that Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union plans to hold a press conference at Osogbo on Monday 14th of September. While this is a welcome development, the ACJ OAU Guild of Editors feel this is the best time to set some records straight.

“In every normal setting, charity begins from home, it is crystal clear that the OAU SU has taken ACJ OAU with her deserved respect, such press conferences without a letter inviting journalists on OAU campus, OAU SU has now degraded journalists to a level which is unacceptable. We hereby call on all campus journalists to snub the supposed ‘press conference’ as any consequence that emerges from attendance of any campus journalist will not be a burden of ACJ OAU.”

During the previous press conference held at SUB, campus journalists opined that the Union leadership should try to inform them of press conferences outside the walls of the university which the Union President acknowledged. However, the Osogbo press conference which is meant to be attended basically by journalists is yet to be communicated to ACJ OAU as at the time of filing this report which is about a day to the press briefing.

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