The Oasis Reporters
January 20, 2018
Trail blazing University of Lagos situated by the scenic Lagos lagoon in Nigeria’s former seat of it’s Federal government and now the nation’s commercial nerve center is set to begin full broadcasting as the country’s first university to own a Campus Television Station.
The University of Lagos, Akoka, has become the first university in Nigeria to be granted a licence to operate a television station, according to Ralph Akinfeleye, a professor and Chairman of Unilag Radio and TV.
The Unilag long term lecturer and professor of Mass communication confirmed that the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, granted the TV licence to the institution on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Members of the university community witnessed the commissioning of the TV on Saturday, November 11 at the Department of Mass Communication of the university.
The former Vice Chancellor of the institution, Rahman Bello saw the epoch making event as a milestone.
The management of the University of Lagos on Thursday in Abuja commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of a licence for a television station, UNILAG TV, and said it was for the enhancement of research-oriented education and ease of communication within and outside the university campus.
In a meeting with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, at the Presidential Villa, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the television station would completely alter the communication style in the university, and enhance it’s visibility across the continent.
Incidentally, the Mass Communication department of the university also pioneered the first campus radio station in Nigeria..
In a statement by the Deputy Director, Information, State House, Mr. Attah Esa, he said the Vice chancellor, who was accompanied by the Chairman and Head of UNILAG Mass Communication Department, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, said the approval of the TV station further confirmed the president’s commitment to promote free press, and unhindered access to information that promotes development.
“It is now on record that the present administration signed the first campus TV licence and we remain deeply grateful to the president.
“The university is a brand. We want the university to be the research hub in Africa, and we are working towards being among the best three in the entire continent,’’ the vice chancellor added.
In his remark, Akinfeleye said it took the university 25 years to get the first campus radio station licence, but the TV station licence was processed in three years.
“It is interesting that President Buhari signed the first TV station licence for a university. We will use the TV station for pedagogical purity of education,’’ he said.
Adesina, who congratulated the vice chancellor on his recent appointment, said President Buhari is fully committed to improving the standard of education in the country, urging the management team to take the university to higher heights.
in his remark, Shehu reiterated that President Buhari would always work towards creating an enabling environment for purposeful and visionary projects.
“It’s a signal of the president’s clear thinking. He will never put an obstacle on the path of progress. If you are ready with a project that will bring good to society, the president will instantly approve and support you to do it,’’ he said.
Nigeria’s pioneer university, the University of Ibadan in the south west of the country less than 150 km to the University of Lagos launched it’s first Campus radio called Diamond FM to coincide with the University’s diamond jubilee when it attained 60 years.
Universities in western countries like the United States of America usually have such stations as part of training departments for it’s students.