By Saheed Ibrahim
The first General Manager, NTA Ibadan and the former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Philippines, Dr.Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi has advised broadcast practitioners, lecturers and students to know who they are and where they are coming from before they can know where they are going.
Dr.Farounbi gave the advice at the first edition of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) History series held in the University of Ibadan on Tuesday, July 16.
Farounbi, who narrated the history of broadcasting in Nigeria, also berated the manner at which broadcasting stations are licensed in Nigeria, calling for a change in the process.
He advised that NBC should always give licenses to those who have the required resources and qualifications to run broadcasting stations in Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Kayode Adebowale, also advised the broadcasters to ensure they are conversant with the history of the profession.
Professor Adebowale noted that a broadcaster who is not conversant with history is “like a leaf that does not know it belongs to a tree”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, the Agbaakin of Olubadan, Oloye Lekan Alabi, who dazzled the audience with his analogies and experiences, advised broadcasters to treat time with utmost importance.
The ACSPN History Series was put together “to fill a critical gap in the fundamentally eroded space of history in Nigeria’s educational system through reliving the experiences of the select team of those who have played key roles in communication, media, and journalism history in Nigeria”.
Present at the events were the Dean, Faculty or Arts, University of Ibadan, Prof. OmobewajiDasylva; Head of Department, Communication and Language Arts, Prof. Ayo Ojebode; veteran broadcasters, lecturers and students of the department of Communication and a language Arts, University of Ibadan, among others.