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As media practitioners, let your conscience be your guiding principle’, Omipidan urges Redeemer’s varsity Mass Comm students



The former Chief Press Secretary to the immediate past Osun Governor, Ismail Omipidan, on Monday, tasked Mass Communication students of the Redeemer’s University, Ede, to always be guided by their conscience in whatever they do as prospective media practitioners.

He harped on the need for the students to imbibe and champion the professional ethics and reflect same in their formal and informal conducts as societal watchdogs and agenda setters, saying such remains the only surest legitimate pathway to prosperity in the media profession.

Omipidan, who was one of the guest speakers at the Redeemer’s University Mass Communication Students Association (RUMSA), Colloquium, said the study and practice of Mass Communication must be seen as a clarion call to duty in view of its sensitivity and importance to socioeconomic and political developments of any society.

Speaking on the theme of the Colloquium; “Gown to Town: Preparing for the Industry, Unlocking the potential”, Omipidan called on the students to start preparing for the challenges ahead in the labour market, saying that could only be overcome only “if one equips himself or herself with necessary knowledge and skills required of the profession before he or she starts practising.”

He, therefore, challenged the students to develop their writing skills, reading skills and analytical skills as prerequisites to attain success in media practice, especially journalism.

Omipidan emphasised that professional tenets are cardinal principles that must not be compromised by media practitioners, noting that for anyone to be a successful professional, he must see himself as mirror through which the society sees in clear terms.

He averred that the media profession particularly print journalism requires skills of good writing, reading, courageousness, self-confidence and above all integrity to thrive, hence, the need for the students to imbibe all these skills and values from school.

While extolling the students for choosing to study Mass Communication in the citadel of knowledge, Omipidan noted that the choice of being media practitioners must be accompanied and complemented with character and integrity to impact the world and make a much-desired change.

Omipidan who is former Political Editor of The Sun Newspapers submitted that Journalism remains a noble profession which thrives on integrity and character.

Explaining the circumstances that kept him in close contact with Nigeria’s Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima and his principal, former Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Omipidan said “if your primary intention is to make money, then, journalism is not your calling. That doesn’t say that you can’t make wealth, but you must first of all make a name.

It is your name that will bring you money and fame. And in the course of your job, try to make friendship to further harness your potential”, Omipidan added.

The Sun’s former political editor, further said “Journalism is a profession recognised by the Constitution and it is the only profession that has the responsibility to hold government and people in authority accountable.

“The profession gives you fame and opens doors that no other profession can open. You have access to these doors because of your relationship with the high and the mighty in the course of doing your job.

“If nation-building and service to the people are your passion, you are a good candidate for the journalism profession.

“One of the things you must learn as a prospective media professionals is that you must be courageous. If you go for an interview, please don’t sit unless you are offered a seat because most times a test may be put to you to know your mannerism.

“If you want to be a print journalist, by now you must be a good writer, if you are not, then, you have no business in print journalism. Is unlike broadcast journalism where if you can’t write, you can be a presenter or do voiceover.

“And you can’t be a good writer if you don’t read. You must learn how to read very well. Read what others have written in order to sharpen your skills,” Omipidan said.


Gov AbdulRazaq excited as Kwara Sugar Film Factory takes shape



Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday inspected the trendy sugar film factory, one of the administration’s iconic projects which seek to refocus the state’s economy for job creation, youth empowerment, and improved standard of living.

Designed to make Kwara a major hub in the last mile movie production and creative industry in west Africa, the facility earned its name from the nostalgic Tate and Lyle Sugar Factory which collapsed in the 1990s, in what underscored the Governor’s rich sense of history.

The project is one of those being funded from the bond the state accessed in 2021.

In a brief interview with reporters at the project site, AbdulRazaq noted that the contents of Nollywood are increasingly dominating the world but that efforts must be geared towards improving production quality for them to compete with Hollywood and Bollywood.

“Our huge investment in the creative industry is to expand the economic base of the state and deepen the creative industry. That’s the way to go. Everyone sees our state as a civil service state. We want to change that. We want to make this state a destination for high-quality movie production,” he told journalists shortly after he was conducted round the facility by Project Manager Kamaldeen Abolarin.

“It is about thinking outside the box. You’ve seen how Nigeria’s music has dominated the world. You’ve seen how Nollywood has dominated the world. It is important for Nollywood to move from what some may call videos to cinematography. It is about expanding the quality of what we produce. So that Nigerian movies can feature more on the international scene. We have very rich contents, but we need to invest in the quality of our production. Our facility offers this.

“Gradually, we are getting there. You’ve seen our films on Netflix and other global platforms but we want more of our films there. What India has done is to improve the quality of films, that’s what we want to offer here in Kwara.”

He expressed satisfaction at the progress of work done, hoping that the contractor will deliver it for operation in the next few months.

“So far, so good. I am impressed. More equipment are coming in. Very soon, we will start film production in the state, and people will be coming in from outside the state to do the last-mile production of their movies in the state. And that means a great boost to the economy,” he added.

“We are open to partnerships, and we, of course, invite film producers and others in the creative industry to work with us.”

The facility, which is the first phase, has been furnished to taste as contractors commence installation of different high-tech gadgets and world-class sound stages and studios.

The film factory, specifically, is equipped with cyclorama studio; 2 TV production studios; large independent film production studio; Green Rooms; makeup facilities; training rooms; photography studios; co-working offices; buildings suites; and large canteen.

Like the innovation hub, international conference centre, industrial park, garment factory, and others, the sugar film factory is carefully linked with the visual arts centre whose components include a Dolby-fitted studio, indicating an emerging local economy built around creative industry, innovation, and enterprise, and dominated by young people.


Rafiu Ajakaye

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

October 4, 2023

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JUST IN: POLICE declares Prime Suspect to MOHBAD’S death, PRIMEBOY wanted



LAGOS State Police Command on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 declared one of the prime suspects to the untimely death of IleriOluwa Oladimeji Aloba aka Mohbad who is identified as Owoduni Ibrahim aka Primeboy wanted.

According to the Press Release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin available to SOJ WORLDWIDE, he said Primeboy refused to honour several invitations sent to him.

A reward of One Million Naira will be given to anyone with useful information leading to his arrest, said the Police

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#SaferKwara: Governor AbdulRazaq Meets Army Chief



Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq receives Commander 22 Armoured Brigade Ilorin Brigade General Adebayo Abdulrahman Babalola at Government House, Ilorin.

During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.

Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.

The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.

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