The Dean of Faculty of Arts of the Adekunle Ajasin University in Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, Prof Benson Akinnawonu, has received a plaque of honour presented to him by Oasis Media Group for his contributions to academic rating of the school.
Akinnawonu, a professor of philosophy and former Head of Department of Philosophy, received the team of the media group in his office.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Media Group, Oluwaseun Bamidele, described the dean as student-friendly, adding that that Akinnawonu’s passion for students’ progress in academics remained unequal.
Oluwaseun, a graduating Mass Communication student, said the choice of Prof Akinnawonu for the award was a result of his contributions to the development of the university and his supports to the media group.
He said: “We decided to appreciate you (Prof Akinnawonu) for your contributions in the image of our institution and supports for our media group. We did not take the decision alone. We liaised with various stakeholders and interest groups on the campus. They all concluded that you should be the honoree.”
The group’s Editor-in-Chief, Kolawole Folarin, urged the dean not to relent in making more contributions to the university.
Responding, Prof Akinnawonu appreciated the gesture, saying he was elated by the group’s decision to honour him with the award.
He said: “For student-journalists to find me worthy for this award, I think it is a great honour. I sincerely appreciate the media group for the beautiful honour. It will forever linger in my memory. My first contact with the group was last December, when I represented the Vice-Chancellor at a seminar organised by the group. Since then, we have been interacting. I see all of you as students with great vision and passion.”
He advised the media outfit to sustain its culture of responsible reporting, saying the image and name of the university should be guided.
He said: “As a media outfit, I want to advise you to play the game by the rules. You must not publish articles or news item that will put the image and name of the university into disrepute. You must give room for facts from parties before publishing.”
The dean received the plaque in the presence of his wife, brother and non-teaching staff of the faculty.