By Gbenga Gbelee
The Chairman, UNILAG Media centre and incumbent Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Muyiwa Falae
has emphasised the need for nurturing, training and retraining as a strategy to build capacity and
enhance professional competences in media practice.
Speaking today while flagging off a 3 day Programme Planning Conference for the entire staff of
UNILAG radio 103.1 FM, Prof. Falae assured of the University’s commitment towards provision of a
suitable working ambience which would give room for excellence in media practice thereby
consolidating upon the University’s brand as an institution of first choice and the nation’s pride.
Prof Falae commended the vision and prowess of UNILAG Radio station manager; Dr. Mrs. Abiodun
Ogidan for the professional competences she came on board with, a feature which he said, brought
freshness into the station’s operations and programming.
While charging the participants to make the best use of the training to further hone their skills and
build their competences in media programming, Prof. Falae reaffirmed the University’s vision of
transforming the UNILAG media centre into a hub of excellence in media.
The theme for the 3 day Programme Planning Conference according to the station manager, Dr. Mrs
Abiodun Ogidan is ‘‘Developing a new approach for campus radio in the era of social media’’.
In her address to welcome the participants, Dr. Ogidan said the workshop is targeted at assisting
participants to acquire more professional competences which would uplift the station.
She noted that the 3 day Programme Planning Conference is part of steps towards launching the
online platform of the UNILAG media conglomerate.
Other speakers at the opening ceremony of the UNILAG Radio Programme Planning Conference
included the Head of Mass Communication Department; Professor Abigael Ogwezzy, the Deputy
Registrar in charge of UNILAG media centre; Seth Adebisi, Station manager, UNILAG TV among
others, they all buttressed the need for re-skilling and re-tooling as a way of building capacities and
boosting professional competences.
Resource persons for the technical session include a retired director of Programme of the Federal
Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Gabriel Onafurume and a Digital Journalism Expert from the
FRCN; Timothy Bamidele.
They spoke on broadcasting as a team process and Digital competence for media professionals in a
The two resource persons harped on the need for every media practitioner to build operational,
professional and digital competences so as to stay relevant in contemporary media practice.