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Pro-chancellor wants UNILAG TV to stand out

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Pro-chancellor and chairman of council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), wants UNILAG TV to be a source of outstanding intellectual discourse.

Speaking yesterday at the institution’s media centre during the commissioning of the station, Channel 184 on StarTimes, Babalakin urged the station to be a source of accurate news.

His words: “I hope this station will be the centre of very interesting discussions. I am hoping that this would be a centre of correct and accurate news and will begin the end of fake news in Nigeria. We are hoping that this place will bring back the vibrancy of intellectual discourse and become a great centre.

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“I really look forward to you providing what is missing today. A lot of TV stations have done very well, but I believe there is serious room for a TV station that will be reputed for being a source of the most outstanding intellectual discourse.

“There is a vacuum. I look forward to UNILAG TV always bringing together opinion leaders, the most resourceful people and intellectuals in every area to discuss issues.”

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The vice chancellor, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, said the TV station’s goal was to be “the most trusted news source in Nigeria by being impartial, creative, factual, credible, timely and innovative”.

Deputy vice chancellor (development services), Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, said the centre would give students an opportunity to develop their talents and acquire new skills.

Babalakin, who said UNILAG was full of brilliant people capable of achieving any feat, urged all departments in the institution to support the station in its quest to become the resource centre for “serious intellectual discussions”.

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The senior lawyer recalled: “When I was younger, when we had issues verifying facts, all you had to say to win the argument was that you read it in Daily Times. I look forward to being told that once it is coming from UNILAG TV Channel 184, it is accurate.”

He also visited UNILAG’s radio station and printing press, which are also situated at the media centre.

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