The Nigerian Institute of Journalism today celebrated its 5th Convocation after combining students from 5 academic sessions -2013 to 2017. The Institute graduated a total of 1481 students according to Saharareporters, though the Voice of Nigeria gave a smaller figure: 501 from the National Diploma (ND), 407 Higher Nationa Diploma (HND) graduates, 352 Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), 64 for Certificate In Effective Writing and 17 Photo Journalism graduates; Campusbiz.com.ng could not immediately verify the actual number of total Graduates.
The Provost of the Institute, Gbenga Ogunleye, during his speech at the ceremony said he wants the National Assembly to review the law establishing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) so that private tertiary institutions can benefit from the Fund, he said excluding private institutions from benefiting from the Fund appears to be discriminating.
“I want to appeal to the National Assembly to amend the TETFund Act to include rivate tertiary institutions in distribution of funds. It is discriminating for students from private tertiary institutions not to benefit from the discharge of funds. We cannot imagine a Nigeria without private tertiary institutions. Many individuals whose companies contribute to TETFund have children and wards in private institutions.” He said.
He expressed confidence in the Graduates saying saying: “a very high proportion of renowned journalists in Nigeria passed through this institution. It is my pleasure to present these graduates, who will represent the institute in same light. I charge you to go out to the world and make the necessary impact in the journalism profession,”
Singer Korede Bello Among Graduates?
Reports from several online media have that a Marvin Records Singer –Korede Bello was among Graduates at the Convocation Ceremony, there is a list from several media online that is said to be from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism for the Graduation Ceremony, campusbiz.com.ng could not verify the authenticity of the list, the list appears to show a name “BELLO KOREDE” under the names of “Higer National Diploma” graduates; there are also pictures showing him wearing his graduation Gown with officials and other Graduates of the Institute at the ceremony, it appears Korede Bello might be trying to add Journalism to his Musical career.