The 1992 set of Mass Communication Department, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, on Friday donated a renovated television studio to the department.
Speaking at the event commemorating the 30th anniversary of his graduation, Kunle Adeshina, president of the Association of Mass Communication Graduates (AMACOG) 1992, stressed the need for alumni to play an active role in the development of their alma mater.
Adeshina noted that the 1992 set successfully pooled resources to renovate the training television studio to expand the frontiers of knowledge by students.
He added that this will ensure that students who choose to study mass communication will now have the advantage of being trained with some of the best and latest high-tech equipment available in remote locations.
He said the state government should not be left solely responsible for providing the necessary infrastructure to ensure that higher education institutions not only have the manpower to produce employable graduates, but that adequate facilities are also provided.
He said the alumni association would also provide post-installation training on how to use and manage the equipment in the new studio.
“We have formed a collection of gentlemen and ladies who have made their mark in various fields of endeavor after graduating from this department.
“We have them in the media world as CEOs, publishers, editors and editors of national daily newspapers,” he said.
He said the set was looking at areas of deficiency where he could help with his little power.
“We realized that the highest concentration of students who applied to the department are for broadcasting.
“We now believe that if we want to have an impact in terms of reaching the department, the school and the general public, we should do something about the television studio.
“Among us we have people who own televisions, radio stations, we are leveraging their expertise and today we are setting up a new look television studio with up to date equipment for the department.
“We have a new mixer, a teleprompter, the studio had two cameras, one of which was in poor condition, so we bought two new cameras.
“We worked on the vibe of the studio itself, the stage, the set, some of the best you can get at any TV station that’s making waves is here at MAPOLY,” he said. he declares.
According to him, the association has spent around N5 million to renovate the studio.
In his remarks, the polytechnic’s acting rector, Dr. Adeoye Odedeji, commended the association for their kind gesture and for remembering to give back to their alma mater.
Odedeji noted that the handover of the renovated TV studio was timely, saying the institution would expect officials from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to be accredited within weeks.
Members of the alumni association included Abdulrahman Balogun, Deputy Editor of NAN, Ademola Oni of PUNCH and Dr. Femi Adefila, Founder, RAVE FM, Osogbo, among others.