By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), Benin study Centre on Thursday held its 6th Convocation Ceremony.
Of the 25 students that were admitted in the 2015/2016 academic session, six Post Graduate Degree (PGD) students have successfully completed their course work and passed the prescribed examinations which was moderated by IIJ headquarters, Abuja.
The Coordinator of IIJ, Benin study Centre, Barr. Solomon Imohiosen, urged Information Officers across the various Ministries and parastatals in Edo state to take advantage of the programme for further training.
He said the other 10 HND, and 15 diploma students will be graduating in due course.
Imohiosen who was flanked by the Registrar of the school, Mr. Dada Ayokhai, said the IIJ is self-funding and financing is a major bottleneck which have also affected some of the students.
He said congratulated the graduands for completing the academic journey so far and paid tribute to the staff and Management of the Institution for
“However, only six were able to complete the programme successfully. That is they have completed their course work and passed the prescribed examinations which moderated by IIJ headquarters, Abuja.
“We appeal to Edo state government to send their information officers to the school for further training., he said.
The chairman of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), Edo state Council, Comrade Roland Osakue, tasked the past and present graduands to form Alumni association for the purpose of common interest and developing the citadel of learning.
The acting chairman of the Correspondents Chapel and a staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu and two staff of Edo Broadcasting service (EBS), Miss Patience Okhuese and Godwin Egbe were among the graduands.
Responding on behalf of the graduands, gave a brief report on the twists and turns which preceded their graduation.
According to him, “you do not have to be a journalist to be at IIJ. There is no end to knowledge.
“Although, I am not in full time journalism. I have learnt a lot to excel in the Media world”, he said.