Why we are honouring veteran journalist,Tonnie Iredia– Varsity

The Nasarawa State University, Keffi, says it is honouring a former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Prof. Tonnie Iredia, for his immense contributions to the growth and development of journalism in Nigeria.


The Head of Mass Communication Department at the university, Dr Josiah Kente, disclosed this when he visited the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle, on Wednesday in Abuja.


He said that the visit was to seek collaboration and support in respect of the public presentation of a book entitled, “Journalism Practice, Teaching and Research in Nigeria: A festschrift in honour of Prof. Tonnie Iredia.”


According to Kente, the Mass Communication Department of the university in conjunction with seasoned scholars had written a festschrift in honour of Iredia.


Responding, Ponle, who described Iredia as a house hold name even before becoming the Director General of NTA, expressed delight over his works being documented for posterity.


“This is the way it should be, journalists and journalism have come a long way in Nigeria and those who have been spearheading the growth of journalism in Nigeria must be given a pride of place.


“This is what we should do to ensure their names are immortalised by their works and what they have done, we should always cherish them.


“Iredia used to offer training for editors and reporters in development communications,’’ he said.


Ponle gave an assurance of NAN’s commitment to partnering with the committee for a successful event.


“Not only in this event but we are committed to partnering with you, particularly in this era of fake journalism and misinformation leading to the distortion of so many things.

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“We cannot afford to be laid back and see things disintegrating. We should voice our concerns and do whatever we should to make it much better,’’ Ponle said. (NAN)

Source – News Agency of Nigeria.

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