By Ibukun Emiola
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has described the appointment of Mr Folorunsho Ojo as Special Assistant to the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), as apt and well deserving.
The NUJ Chairman, Mr Demola Babalola, made the assertion on Monday in Ibadan at a farewell party organised by colleagues of Ojo, the former Zonal Manager, Ibadan Zonal Office, News Agency of Nigeria.
The Ibadan Zonal office has under it state offices including Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara.
Babalola described the former Zonal Manager as an astute administrator, leader and mentor who impacted positively on his subordinates, colleagues, the members of the correspondents chapel and the state council of the NUJ.
According to him, Ojo’s appointment is well deserved because of his track record as a thorough professional, an administrator of men and materials as well as his leadership skills that endear him to everyone he comes in contact with.
In his address, Mr Adebayo Sekoni, acting Zonal Manager, NAN Ibadan Zonal Office, thanked Ojo for his leadership, dilligence and dedication to duty for the eight years he served as Zonal Manager.
“We have also enjoyed his camaraderie that he as a leader has. He impacted immensely on those of us who worked in the agency, members of the Correspondent Chapel as well as NUJ as a whole,” Sekoni said.
Mr Gbemi Oguntula, the Chairman of the occasion and a former NAN Director, also extolled the virtues of Ojo, adding that “he has been good to all.
“I am sure we have all benefited from him. I know I did. He has been able to support others in the field,” Oguntula said.
Other members of NAN Ibadan family, both retired and those still in service, including Mr Fola Aina, Mr Fela Fashoro, Mr Biodun Esan , Mrs Yinka Bode among others, all eulogized the virtues of Ojo.
In his remarks, the newly appointed Special Adviser to NAN Managing Director thanked organisers of the reception on his behalf.
He said that the current management of the agency was working assiduously to improve staff welfare and urged the workers in the zone and across the country to support the Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle.
Ojo also urged the members of staff in the Ibadan zonal office to be diligent and extend the same support they gave to him to the acting zonal manager.
Dr Wale Sadeeq, an Assistant Editor In Chief, NAN, and Chairman of the Farewell Organising Committee, said the event was organised to appreciate Ojo for the good work done while at the helms of affairs in the zone.
“You can rely on him for anything either personal or official. All the things said about him, he is worth more than that.
“The presence of attendants at this event showed that he has touched lives positively while serving as the Zonal Manager at Ibadan Zonal Office for eight years,” Sadeeq said. (NAN)