University of Ilorin 89.3 FM in the celebration of a decade of the existence of the Campus Radio Station, conferred the award of excellence and recognition on the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Prof. Muritala Awodun, on August 20th, 2019 at the University Main Auditorium.
The 10th year anniversary was attended by prominent personalities, some of who were the Executive Governor of Kwara State, ably represented by the SSG, Dr. Mohammed Shaaba Jibril, Hon. Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Adetiba Olanrewaju Olalekan, the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Isiaq Modibbo Kawu, and the Executive Chairman, ably represented by Director, MDAs, Mr Lekan Rotimi, KW-IRS.
The Director, Corporate Affairs
Unit of the University radio station, Mr Tunde Akogun, in his welcome speech,
acknowledged the presence of distinguished guests at the 10th year
ceremony. According to him, the University of Ilorin radio station was
established on August 13, 2009 and has consistently created a credible and
dependable platform to enlighten members of the public on issues of
contemporary significance. Thus, the impact of the Station in the achievement
of public relations and social mobilization in the State cannot be overemphasized.
A major highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the anniversary book, “Unilorin @ 10: A Decade of Broadcasting Excellence”, a 10-Chapter compendium of the historical background and operational excellence of the radio station.
While addressing the antecedent of the radio station, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem stated that “The occasion is a celebration of those who brooded the idea, planted the seed of the idea, and nourished the idea to blossom.” According to him, the idea of establishing the University of Ilorin 89.3 FM stemmed from the vision of the University to be an International Centre of Excellence in learning, research, probity and service to community. The idea which according to him was vigorously pursued and directed by former Vice Chancellor, and current Registrar, Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Isiaq Olanrewaju Oloyede. The VC mentioned that the steadfastness, purposefulness, and professionalism of the radio station has set the pace in campus radio broadcasting and is worthy of emulation.
Delivering the anniversary lecture titled “Broadcasting for Sustainable Development”, the DG, NBC, Mallam Isiaq Modibbo Kawu spoke about the history, contemporary trends, and changes in broadcasting in Nigeria. In his words, “broadcasting has always been seen as a platform for social and human development.” He said, campus broadcasters are expected to give students the hands of experience that will assist to make a transition from campus to the world of work very smooth and feasible. He implored the University to design new modules of relevant practical training opportunities to equip youths with vast knowledge about broadcasting.