-Prof Oni lauds VC, others for achievement
By James, Michael Igiri
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof Rahamon Adisa Bello has commissioned UNILAG TV, as the first campus television station in Nigeria.
This was in a historic ceremony held on Saturday, 11th November, 2017 at the Department of Mass Communication’s Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and Cinematography complex, University of Lagos, Akoka.
In company of other members of the university management including the incoming Vice-Chancellor Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; DVC Development services, Prof Folashade Ogunsola; Registrar and Secretary to Council, Dr Taiwo Ipaye; immediate past DVC Management and Development services, Prof Duro Oni; the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Iyiola Oni; Director of Quality Assurance, Prof L.O. Chukwu; and the University’s CSO; the Vice Chancellor inspected facilities in the television and radio studios before granting the first official interview on Unilag TV.
Speaking at the reception, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Iyiola Oni said he was delighted to welcome the Vice Chancellor and other members of management to the occasion. He described the event as remarkable, momentous and mind-blowing especially because it was coincidentally taking place on the VC’s last day in office.
He said: “This is a milestone in the annals of our university. It is historic because today marks the day chosen by the Lord, the riddle of which is hidden from mere mortals. For on this day, the 11th day, in the 11th month, and perhaps by the 11th VC, our great university commissioned the first Nigerian campus-based television station.”
He congratulated the incoming Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, saying an achievement of such nature was an indication that his administration was taking off on a high note.
“We pray that God will continue to support you, and strengthen you to build upon the solid foundation laid by our outgoing Vice Chancellor and that you also excel and record outstanding and remarkable successes during your tenure,” he prayed,
“And to our esteemed Prof Ralph Akinfeleye, whom we call the ‘Iroko of Masscomm’, you have run a good race and have made good of it with the granting of this licence. You also are credited with helping with the first campus radio licence, Sir we are proud of you, and you are also writing your name in the book of outstanding contributors to the development of the University of Lagos.”
Prof Oni also congratulated the Head of Mass Communication, Prof Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, as well as other members of staff of the department, and especially the staff of Unilag-TV and Radio 103.1 FM for such a remarkable achievement, and tasked them to aspire to greater heights in their future dealings.
In an address, the HOD of Mass Communication department congratulated and thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support in the actualisation of Unilag-TV licence project and also pleaded that the proposal for the upgrade of the department to the state of the School of Communication Studies be included in the handing over note to the incoming VC.
Speaking on the journey so far, the Chairman of Unilag Radio 103.1 FM and UNILAG TV, Prof Ralph Akinfeleye thanked the outgoing Vice- Chancellor for believing in the project right from the start, and also for supporting the course and staying true to it even in the face of adversity. He said the journey towards getting a TV licence would not have been possible without the Vice Chancellor’s backing and unwavering support as there were both internal and external challenges that had to be surmounted.
“I’m so happy today; in fact, I am the happiest person in the universe… good things don’t happen fast but they must come to pass… Mr Vice Chancellor Sir, I want to thank you for understanding me,” he said.
In his remark, the outgoing Vice Chancellor Prof Rahamon Bello said he was elated to be a part of the ceremony as the sitting Vice Chancellor of the university. He revealed that the journey to getting a licence from the government for the operation of a television station was total and arduous.
“The mass communication department is a unique department. It started under circumstances that should really make it the greatest in the world. It has trained the best of people in communication in Nigeria today, and as such the goodwill, as far as the communication industry is today, should be to the department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos,” he began,
“This is why we believe that Television and Radio should both be domiciled in the department of Mass Comm. I want to congratulate the department, faculty, and particularly the heads of departments for believing in the project, and pursuing it to a very logical end. We are here, and we have blazed the trail again; the first university TV station is to the University of Lagos; kudos to the university management and staff,” he concluded.
Prof Bello further urged the staff of both Unilag Radio and Television on the need to be challenged by the moment as all eyes in the communication industry will be on them to see how the unique opportunity will be utilised.
He tasked them on the need to guard the licence jealously by working to ensure that the quality of production and services rendered is rated number one in the country.
Highlights at the event included the unveiling of Unilag TV plaque by the Vice-Chancellor, as well as the presentation of awards of recognition and excellence by staff of the TV and Radio stations to the outgoing VC.
Other dignitaries at the event included Dr Theresa Amobi; Acting Coordinator, Unilag Radio 103.1 FM Paul Akhabue; and other senior members of staff of the stations and Mass Communication department.