BUK To Set Up Community Television Soon… VC

As part of the grand design to expand the programmes in the Faculty of Communication, plans are underway for the establishment of a community television broadcasting, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, has announced.

Speaking at the opening of the 4th Annual Conference of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) at Green Desert Hotel Kano, on Wednesday, 6th September, 2017, the Vice Chancellor said already the University had approached the regulatory body, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for the processing of the issuance of television broadcasting license.

“We have approached the NBC for a community television broadcasting license. In the same vein, we have ordered complete digital broadcasting equipment for our radio station to replace the existing analogue station. Equally, our brand new 150 computer unit laboratory for online journalism classes will be operational before the end of the year, all these aim at improving teaching and learning in the communication field. Indeed, the management is determined to ensure that the Faculty of Communication is visibly on the radar of global communication education,” the Vice Chancellor said.

According to him, the management would do everything possible to ensure that communication programmes attract the best staff and students; acquire the latest gadgets and offer high quality, relevant and dynamic training reflective of the emerging trends in the discipline globally.

“Our Communication Faculty is our selling point in and out of Nigeria and we shall make it the best, if it is not already the best, at least, in Nigeria. Our goal is toproduce ethically minded journalists of excellence, for, we fully know the implications of poorly trained journalists on national development,” he also stated.

The Vice Chancellor, while acknowledging the commitment and efforts of the Dean and his team, which led to securing a grant of over N200 million, said there is the need to diversify in the process of learning, teaching and research which were the primary mandates of a university.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Professor Umaru A. Pate, commended the effort of the management of Bayero University for a special consideration afforded the Faculty which led to its transformation from a department to a full-fledged Faculty of Communication, which stood to be the first of its kind in this part of the world.

He also acknowledged the immense contribution of the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as well as other numerous guests including the UNESCO Communication Training and Curriculum Development Programme Specialist, Professor Facson Banda, describing the occasion as unique and dear to the University.