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BUK Mass Comm Dept to be upgraded

Head of the Department, Dr Balarabe Maikaba, dropped the hint at the second mock annual general meeting organised by 300-level students as part of their course.   
According to Maikaba, the department will soon send a proposal to the university’s management for the creation of the school to allow for the award of degree certificates in different areas of specialisation in the journalism profession.
He said some of the programmes to be introduced in the school include degrees in broadcast journalism, print journalism, public relations, media and culture and development communication.  
He said: “The days of awarding degrees in mass communication are over now. Our students need to specialise in areas of their choice in different aspects of journalism, right in the university, before going out to the outside world.”
Maikaba commended the university’s authorities for supporting the department with working materials, particularly the recent establishment of a campus radio station which he said, has assisted greatly in training students in broadcast journalism.  
He commended the course tutor, Ruqayyah Yusuf Abdullahi, and the entire students of the department for organising the 2nd mock AGM, saying it had shown the world that the department was a force to be reckoned with in journalism training.  
Vice chancellor of the university Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, expressed his satisfaction with the institutionalisation of the mock AGM in the department, saying it is in line with the transformation taking place in the institution.
“You may be aware that last year alone we have introduced 12 new degree programmes to provide additional opportunity for our youth to acquire university education,” he said.
The vice chancellor, who spoke through his deputy, Professor Yahuza Bello called on students in the institution to concentrate in their studies and shun social vices like cultism and drug abuse.
Guest speaker at the occasion and former general manager NTA Yola, Chief Timawus Mathias, reminded the students of the power and relevance of journalism profession, challenging them to practice it with integrity.   
He said: “Of all the professions, journalism is the only one that is considered the fourth estate of the realm, therefore, everybody need us in the society. Be ready to practice it with all sense of honesty and integrity.”
Chief Mathias who spoke on the topic titled “Sustaining relevance in changing times: The experience of a broadcaster in public relations”, also highlighted the lucrative nature of public relations practice and the opportunities awaiting the students in the outside world.  
Other speakers at the occasion included a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Malam Sule Ya’u Sule and a renowned intentional broadcaster Hajiya Maryam Babayaro.

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