By Salman Ibrahim, Christiana Peter
A bill seeking establishment of a new Press Club to be managed by the Students’ Union has been tabled before the Senate Council of the University of Ilorin Students’ Union.
Amongst other separate bills, the bill was presented at the council’s 5th Ordinary Sitting on Saturday, and is being sponsored by Senator Olabode Stephen representing the Faculty of Engineering.
Other bills presented, according to a release by the Communication Committee of the council on the highlights of sitting are “An act for the establishment of the SU Transportation Venture” being sponsored by Senator Olabode Stephen; “An act to establish the Senate Committee on Academic Advancement as a standing committee of the Council”, by Senator Lawal Rahmotullah; followed by “An act to establish the Senate Committee on Transport as a Standing Committee of the Council”, by Senator Kelani Abdulqowiyu.
Others include “An act to establish the Senate Committee on Safety and Security as a Standing Committee of the Council”, also by Senator Kelani Abdulqowiyu; “An act to establish the office of the Auditor-General of the Union”, by Senator Yusuf Toheeb; “A bill for the amendment of a clause in the Students’ Union constitution” came from Senator Ogunrotimi Esther; and “A bill to establish the function of the transition act” was presented by Senator Akinyemi Oluwafemi;
Lastly, “A bill to establish the transport committee as a standing committee of the senate and to also establish its functions” was as well submitted for legislative backing by Senator Akinyemi Oluwafemi.
Press Club Bill to regulate campus media — Sen. Olabode
Meanwhile, the proposed Students’ Union Press Club has been described as an autonomous apolitical body that will regulate the media environment on campus.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Olabode Stephen representing the Faculty of Engineering constituency said this during a chat with UCJ-UNILORIN, Tuesday evening.
He presented the bill for the establishment of the Union’s media body to the Senate Council during last Ordinary Sitting of the Council, last Saturday.
According to him, the union needs to have its independent media organizations in order to have a dominant communication channel and to also regulate the campus media environment.
Stating the objectives of the bill, he said: “It is to improve the conditions of journalism and journalists on campus by promoting and protecting the principles of freedom of speech and the press and the public rights to know.
“It is to encourage improved business and editorial practices and better media environment on campus and to conduct awareness programs and promotion of the society welfare.”
Senator Oladode believed that the proposed Press Club, just like the Students’ Union Bar Association, with its Constitution, will run its affairs independently.
He added that the union needs to have its independent media organizations in order to have a dominant communication channel and to also regulate the campus media environment.
The representative also believed that the proposed Press Club, just like the Students’ Union Bar Association, with its constitution, will independently run its affairs.