The Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole, has called on media practitioners to always balance their stories with a view of safeguarding their professional competence and the image of the media.
The Vice-Chancellor stated this when the newly inaugurated members of the Executive Council of the Osun State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Professor Omole who praised the journalists for their roles in enthroning democracy in Nigeria, however cautioned them to always balance their stories so that their professional competence and the image of the media would not be dented.
He therefore expressed the appreciation of his administration to Nigerian Journalists who work with the print and broadcast media for being partners in progress with OAU.
Professor Omole advised them to be more vigilant and weed out the fake journalists among them, stressing the need to also discipline any of their members whose conduct could be antithetical to the ethics of journalism.
The Vice-Chancellor, thereafter, urged the members of the NUJ to continue to support his administration with a view to further cementing the existing cordiality between OAU and the media.
Earlier, the new Chairman of NUJ, Osun State Council, Comrade Biodun Olalere, had commended Professor Omole for recording such giant strides within the space of two years into his tenure.
He lauded the Vice-Chancellor for running an open administration and for his relentless efforts in bringing about industrial peace and harmony into the University.
Comrade Olalere stated that Professor Omole’s penchant for academic, research and administrative excellence has earned OAU the best of ratings as the Webometric rankings, released in February, 2013, adjudged OAU the best and number one University in Nigeria, and number 14 in Africa.
The NUJ Chairman said that the Nigerian journalists would continue to support the administration of Professor Omole not only to maintain its 1st position in Nigeria but also to be among the best five in Africa.
BY TIMOTHY AGBOR/OSOGBO