Students of English and Communication Studies in Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences have secured their place in the history of Federal University Otuoke by publishing the Maiden edition of the departmental Newspaper; “FUO TIMES”.
Vice Chancellor, FUO, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko did the unveiling during a ceremony which took place 20th August 2015 at Reference library, witnessing a large turnout of university Dons, Staff and Students.
In his remark, the VC extolled the efforts of the students and their lecturers in producing the Newspaper. ” I commend the students, they have done well. It is a very good first effort I commend their lecturers too. On behalf of FUO community we welcome this new publication to our family’’.
Prof. Aluko urged the Editorial crew to put in their best as the publication has the chance of becoming a Community Newspaper since no such publication is existing in Otuoke or its environs, while also making money from sales and patronage from advertisers.
He advised the publishers to avoid sensational headlines and always strike a balance in their reports in order not to fall below expectations regarding content.
The VC concluded by expressing optimism that FUO Times will serve as an added advantage in showcasing academic work within the department during the FUO accreditation exercise expected to take place in September 2015, also promising that the University Management will support the Publication in any possible way to ensure continuity.
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, FUO, Prof. Philomena Ejele in her speech also praised the students and their advisers for the achievement, urging them to ensure that the momentum is sustained.
“This is a wonderful day and we are witnessing the result of hard work, we appreciate your efforts in doing this and hope that it will continue”. She said.
Prof. Ejele urged the next set of students not to let the dream die but to keep it alive. She also thanked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko for providing the right atmosphere and extended her thanks to Dr. Osueke Desmond and others who mentored the students in making the Publication a reality.
Earlier in his remark, the Editor, Mr. Jordan Omonigbalibo said the FUO Times is a practical piece to showcase and sharpen the knowledge and skills of the students in the area of Newspaper publication in particular and Journalism in general.
Mr. Jordan disclosed that the exercise has brought Mass Communication practice closer to the classroom and will serve as a stepping stone for future writers and Mass media professionals.
He said the focus of the Newspaper is not limited to the University but will extend to neighboring communities and institutions, thereby serving as an ambassador of the university.
The mission of the 12 paged Newspaper with the Motto “Vision and Integrity” is to inform and enlighten its audience on events of the day in order to produce patriotic leaders that are sensitive to the challenges confronting their generation. It also seeks to serve as a watchdog within the university community, while inspiring change through reportage of events which affect staff and students at all levels.