The University of Ilorin Radio Station on the 17th of August, 2021 marked its 12th year of existence and in recognition of this, the management of the radio station went all out to celebrate the feat in grand style by organizing a lecture and recognizing and appreciating dignitaries and members of its immediate community.
The event which was held at the University of Ilorin auditorium had in attendance dignitaries from within and outside Ilorin who expressed solidarity and support for the radio station and its operations. Also, there was a massive presence of locales (who showed solidarity and support) as a show of a strengthened town and bond with the host community of the Institution.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Sulayman Age Abdulkareem who was represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof L.T Ajibade while giving his address, commended the activities of the radio station and highlighted the importance of the media in promoting stability and unity in the society.
The Chairman of the Unilorin Corporate Affairs Commission, Jelil Ojuade while giving a rundown of the radio station’s achievements during his welcome speech affirmed that the Radio Station which operates 24 hours is the most trusted station which answers to no political authority – confirmed by the National Broadcasting Commission. Ojuade stated that Unilorin 89.3FM was the first radio station to change the traditional name of radio “asoromagbesi” as the station has enhanced various feedback mechanisms which include and are not limited to phone calls, texts, etc.
Bolaji Abdullah, the former commissioner for Education In Kwara State and a former Minister of Youth and Sports Development in Nigeria who was the guest speaker at the event while giving his speech drove home his point about the need for journalists to be accountable and responsible by referring to the Kano riot of the 2000s. He explained in detail how so much havoc can be done with the media and also how much good can be done through the media. He further advised that the media should “be accountable to the people, not to themselves or the government.”
As the keynote speaker at the event, the Head of the Mass Communication Department, University of Ilorin, Dr. L.K Mustapha, emphasized the power of the media and how the radio especially is the easiest medium for anyone regardless of socio-economic capabilities to have access to. His speech-themed Paradoxes of Radio medium for National unity and security touched the effectiveness of the radio medium in ensuring National unity and security if journalism is practiced professionally and yellow journalism is curbed. “Media has the power to prevent and cause a crisis…” he said.
Awards were distributed to many who were recognized as being consistently supportive of the cause of the radio station. The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq expressed his congratulations to the station through his representative, Alhaji Bashir Adigun, the Special Adviser to the Governor on political strategy. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu through his representative also commended the station for its good work.