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Yuletide: Ondo veteran Journalists celebrate

By Damilola Akinmolayan & Ayodele Popoola

It was reminiscence galore for veteran journalists in Ondo State on Wednesday as they convocate at the Alagbaka Press centre in Akure to wine and dine while sharing banters, jokes and exploits at their annual and end of the year party.
In what appeared to be a reunion of old folklores, the veterans under the auspices of Ondo State Leagues of Veteran Journalists (NUJ) were up beat as they threw jokes at each other in hilarious tones.
The Veterans who included, Asiwaju Banji Kuroloja, Prince Kanye Eleko,Chief Adewole Atandeyi, Sir Paddy Dare, Sir Ademola Adetula, Mr Osewole Modupe, Mr. Sehinde Omokoba and Mr Remi Ibitola accompanied by their families revel in conviviality at the well organized event.
In his welcome remarks, the chairman of the league, Asiwaju Kuroloja thanked God for the resurgence of the league and charged old journalists to defend the dignity of the profession as done in civilized societies.
” In Ondo State today, the practice of journalism is almost gone into the limbo because those who claimed to be practising the profession now are not doing it as it should be done.
” It is our job as leaders to lead and advice them,” he said
In that respect, Kuroloja said a committee has been set up to look at the activities of the NUJ in Ondo State as they were expecting a thorough report.
In his own comments the Chairman of Owena Press Ltd., Sir Ademola Adetula, however, pleaded with the veterans to find a means by which they could influence and nurture the younger elements through their conducts, seminars, symposium and capacities training.
Adetula encouraged members to begin to work on their memoirs which would be a reservoir of ideas and knowledge for young members of the profession to learn from.
His words: ” Journalists nowadays don’t read. when you read, you will discover that you can educate yourself profoundly through book publications.
“We should try to encourage our members to begin to work on their memoirs. As their memoirs will shape the future of the upcoming members of the profession”
Also speaking, Prince Kanye Eleko appealed to journalists not to allow the profession to go into extinction through unethical conducts.
A former Managing Director of Owena Press, Mr Osewole Modupe challenged the veterans to muster the energy and courage to bring back the lost glory of the profession.
Also Mr Remi Ibitola, a former Editor of The Punch now a Pastor regretted that the veterans were into too lethargic by allowing things to deteriorate in the practice of journalism

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