By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
The University of Ilorin chapter of the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ) held its annual event “Iconic Evening” last Friday, as it played host to icons in the mainstream media.
The past chairmen of the Unilorin chapter of the union who spoke during the event, recounted their experiences with the school’s management.
According to them, it was expectedly challenging, as the university administration wasn’t always comfortable with them carrying the true stories about the school.
The former leaders who all seemed to have undergone similar hurdles during their dispensation, also revealed that at different times, the UCJ clashed with both the Students’ Union Government, SUG, and Student Affairs, adding that controversies were unavoidable in journalism.
The ex-leaders, however enjoined younger journalists to uphold truth and ensure balanced reportage at all times.
The event also witnessed presentation of award to the Kwara State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Umar Abdulwahab, in recognition of his support for the UCJ at all times.
Other awardees were: Mallam Habeeb Whyt Ibidapo, who was honoured as a distinguished former UCJ chairman, unilorin chapter, alongside Osuji Chima Francis and Abdul Ganiyu Shehu. The duo of Wale Bakare and Olasupo Abideen were unavoidably absent.
Speaking on behalf of the other awardees, Mallam Habeeb Whyt said it was an honour sharing moments with the new generational leaders of the Unilorin chapter of the UCJ.
“I steered the wheels of UCJ’s leadership back then in school. I am happy the union is doing absolutely well as a whole. On behalf of my humble self and my team, I say a big thank you for the Award of Recognition. It was indeed an eventful weekend”, he said.