Sunday, 2 February 2020

"Give Power to the Journalists..." Ibrahim Olarotimi Empowers Student Journalists

The International Campus Journalism Conference (ICJC) is the largest conference of student journalists in Nigeria, Africa. The conference was held at Ajose lecture theatre in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun state on the 1st of February, 2020. Many respectable and successful journalists like Ibrahim Shitta; a broadcast journalist from TVC, Michael Olatubosun; also a broadcast journalist from Splash FM, Oguntola Sunday, Mrs. Joke Fekumo, Ajala Samuel,  and Ibrahim Olarotimi Adeyemi; the national president of Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ) were present to speak about Journalism under "General Muhamadu Buhari". The anchor of the program started by saying that Section 22 was to "Give power to the Journalists" 
The program started by 11am as many students from different universities arrived. The program was anchored by Adejumo Kaabir. Mrs. Joke Fekumo, a senior legal adviser to SERAP opened the event with prayers. Soon,  the guests were introduced. The Ibrahim Olarotimi appreciated the organizers of the program in his opening speech. He noted that the national body has lots of plans for students journalists. 
After his speech, Mrs. Joke Fekumo, the senior legal adviser to SERAP (Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project was invited to the stage.  She exceeded her appreciation to the organisers of the program, also stating that SERAP comends the initiative as it is easy to put such conference together in a time when the media space in Nigeria is greatly suppressed. 
She said:
 "Journalists and mass media practitioners are referred to as support estate of the realm, the watch dog of the government and their jobs are provided for under the highest law of the land. That is the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Section 22 of the construction states that the press, radio, television and all agency of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objective contained in chapter 2 of the constitution and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people. Section 39 also states that every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinion and to receive and impart ideas without interference."
She also implored all journals to work SMART. 
After this, there was a panel section where some panelist were called up and asked how they managed journalism under General Muhammadu Buhari. Mrs. Joke Fekumo and Oguntola Sunday handled the first section,  then Ibrahim Shitta and Michael Olatunbosun were the panelists called for second section. And finally there was another panel section that was aimed at teaching students journalists on how to balance journalism and academic work. 
Thereafter, the Editor of Opera News Hub stated that the winners of the Opera News contest would be anounced. The ceremony proceeded with the question and answer section where a lot of questions where answered. The ACJ conducted an handout as outgoing executives were Certificated.
The winners of the Opera News Hub contest were announced;
Winner - Agbaje Ayomide; #50,000
1st Runner Up - Peter Oyebamiji; #30,000
2nd Runner Up - Ajala Samuel;.  #20,000
The program was concluded by the ACJ president elect at 3pm. 
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