IIJ To Be Autonomous Soon –Director. Manasseh F. Paul-Worika

The management of the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Port Harcourt study centre says plans are on to make the institution independent.

Director of the Centre, Dr. Ibituru Pepple stated this at the institute’s 12th Dinner and award ceremony held in Port Harcourt, recently.

Pepple noted that the institute is working to ensure that it is no longer affiliated to another university but stands independently as a degree awarding institution.

He charged students to learn the use of information management and also uphold the tenets of journalism and not conform to impurity.

He said “Journalism is something that has to do with timeliness, and as students, you have to imbibe this core tenet. There is anongoing transformation in Abuja, and in no distant time, this institute will be independent and no longer affiliated to any institution”.

Presenting a paper on, “The media and Nigerian democratic experience: A Review of the 2019 General Elections, Issues and Perspectives, Dr. Ita Ekanem, a former Head of Department of Communication Arts at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, said the violence that rocked the 2019 General elections is an indication that democracy in Nigeria is still on transition.

He noted that Nigeria’s democratic experience requires more education and involvement. Adding,

“Our recent elections that tend to indicate widespread apathy and non-involvement by Nigerians owes a lot to severe lack of confidence, intimidation and violence by politicians. Since the bases of the parties are severely weakened by anti-democratic orientations, it is uncertain how cherished democratic tenets and institutions can exist”.

Speaking with The Vortex,a student of the institute, Mr. Gozie Alozie stated that studying at the 11J has given him an in-depth knowledge of the journalism practice.

He said, “My expectations are met because before I came into the institute, I had so much hope judging from the quality of students trained by the institute. Coming here has really given me an opportunity to understand what journalism is all about”.

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