By Femi Odunewu
The Union of Campus Journalists, Federal University Oye-Ekiti chapter, has inducted 33 new members into the union.
The induction which held on Thursday, the 11th of February, 2021, took place at a Faculty of Arts lecture theatre. The induction had in attendance the old and new members of UCJ FUOYE who are students from different departments in the Federal University Oye-Ekiti.
UCJ FUOYE, which was established in 2018, comprises student journalists across the institution. All members are bound by oath to be free from political affiliations and bias. The union was created to serve as a watch dog on campus and also bring truthful and timely information to the university’s stakeholders thereby promoting sustainable peace and justice on campus. Also, the union has on several occasions served as a mediator between the students and the school’s management.
While speaking at the induction, the former Editor-in-chief, Daniel Whyte traced the history of UCJ FUOYE to 2018.
“I was in 300 level when this union started. Then, though I was very busy, I put in my best and I am happy that joining UCJ FUOYE was one of the best decisions I ever made then”, he said.
The president and Editor-in-Chief, Iretomiwa Dele-Yusuff, also expressed her happiness towards the induction. She acknowledged the efforts of the executive body towards the recruitment and induction of 33 students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti into the Union of Campus Journalists, Federal University Oye-Ekiti.
She described it as “a feat that has never been achieved in the history of the union.”
“The passion and zeal radiating around the faces of the new inductees is something I will forever hold dear. I am thankful that they saw the need to join to union and further champion progress and truth on campus. We need all the help we can get to achieve this aim and I am glad that we are progressing”, she said.
The president of the National Union of Campus Journalists in Nigeria, Samuel Ajala, who graced the occasion, admonished the new members to exude diligence and hardwork on the job. He reiterated it to the new members to shun political affiliation during the cause of their reportage to avoid smearing the image of UCJ FUOYE.
Mr. Ajala urged the inductees to not be weary when they face trials during the cause of their work as “all these are unavoidable in journalism.”
He however assured the inductees that the NUCJ body is ready to support any member who may faces problems during the cause of performing his or her journalistic responsibilities.
One of the inductees, Muktar Balogun expressed his joy of being part of the union.
“I feel a sense of social responsibility. I have been taught social responsibility in the classroom, but I have never felt concerned until the day we were inaugurated. I am for the people and the society”, he said.
The inductees were assigned different roles as the ceremony ended.