By Temiloluwa Erinle
On Saturday, July 30, members of the National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors (NANCE) marked the end of the 2021/2022 calendar year and inducted a new set of executives at Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo.
NANCE, an entirely student-led organization, has since inception been primarily focused on professional campus journalism and news editing, alongside the National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ), in addition to grooming campus editors and ensuring that student journalism stays alive on campuses across the nation.
Opening the programme and welcoming everyone present about a hour after noon was Caleb Ijioma, chairman of the occasion and executive director of Roundcheck, a fact-checking media organization.
He welcomed all to the ceremony and made a few remarks, especially acknowledging the progress of NANCE from oblivion to installing its presence on many university and polytechnic campuses across Nigeria and organising its first convention during the just concluded calendar year.
Next, the outgoing president gave the final presidential address of his administration. He, Yusuf Adeleke, thanked all for their presence and his Creator for the last calendar year and all which have happened.
Delighted about some of progress made during his tenure, he listed some of his achievements which include: “facilitating the inclusion of NANCE members in a workshop by Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development which focused on investigative journalism and conflict reporting; organizing a four-day convention held at Lagos State University; facilitating an e-training on data journalism, and another on fact-checking, for campus journalists; and providing identification cards to all executive members, among others.
However, the road is still very much rough and a lot of work still needs to be done, he said.
“It is very pertinent to take note of the lapses after achievements. Our association couldn’t do much [as we hoped]because of financial constraints.”
He also urged the incoming executives to utilise the money generated for development and growth of the association, such that campus journalists would benefit from the association.
He thanked all again and gave his last bow.
Soon, after some talk sessions headed by Caleb Ijioma and Titilola Oladayo, a PUNCH crime reporter, it was time for the handing over and the swearing-in administrative function of the new executives. They took their oaths of office. After everyone welcomed the new calendar year and executives, the new president said his first presidential speech.
He, Jeremiah Omoniyi, gladly received his new post. He stressed on creating a website for NANCE, an optimal coordination of all campus press outfits, better collaboration with relevant stakeholders and mother bodies, and the improved use of digital technology to coordinate organizational operations, tasking his administration to achieve these and more.
“The association has begun a new chapter today with the inauguration of its newly elected members, and what we desire from all campus editors is your usual co-operation, correction and admonition as we drive the affairs of the association for the next one year.
“We would like to do beyond our successor and for us to achieve this, your support is essential. The association welcomes your idea and resources, both in kindness and cash for her sustainability.”
The new executives are: Jeremiah Omoniyi – President; Orogwu Timothy Obinna – Vice President; Rahma O. Jimoh – General Secretary; Ogorchukwu Onyiye – Regional Head, South South; Precious Okafor – Financial Secretary; Muyiwa Adekojede – Regional Head, South West; Temiloluwa Erinle – Public Relations Officer; Bolaji Badmus – Deputy Public Relations Officer.