NIJ Postpones Resumption Date of ND2 Students
By Bliss Okperan
The resumption date of the National Diploma (ND) 2 students of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) in Ogba, Lagos, has been postponed by the management to January 2024.
The affected students, who are currently undergoing their mandatory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), were earlier scheduled to resume for the 2023/2024 academic session on Monday, December 18, 2023.
However, information gathered by Business Post from the Student Affairs Officer, Mrs Esther Eke, confirmed that this date has been moved forward to next year after discussions.
According to her, the decision to shift the resumption date was because the monotechnic will be going for a Christmas break on Friday, December 16, 2023, a day after the completion of the SIWES.
“[The resumption for ND2 is supposed to be Monday, December 18, but the institution will go on Christmas break from Friday, December 16, the day your SIWES ends,” she informed the Class Governor for ND2B, Mr Bliss Okperan.
However, she could not confirm the exact date in January when the students are to return to the school premises for academic activities.
“I’m not sure of the exact date [of the resumption] yet,” she emphasised.
Meanwhile, some of the students have received this news with mixed feelings.
Reacting to the latest development, the Deputy Governor of ND2B, Mr Timilehin Akindipe, commended the school authorities for the postponement, saying he is fine with the new date, though a few others were not happy with this.
NIJ is the foremost institution in the country for studying journalism. It is headed by the provost, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, a former Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspapers. He was also a former two-term President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE).