Prof. Lai Oso: IPC lauds landmarks, pledges to uphold contributions
By Oluwatope Lawanson
The International Press Centre (IPC), has has pledged to uphold the enormous contributions of late Prof. Lai Oso to the development of Communication and Mass Media in Nigeria.
Mr Lanre Arogundade, IPC Executive Director made the pledge on Friday noting that the late Oso’s works would stand as monuments to his memory.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Oso, aged 67, had died in a car accident on June 24 while returning from a conference at the Delta State University, Abraka.
He was a professor of Communications at the Lagos State University (LASU).
Arogundade expressing his sadness at the passing of late Prof. Oso said he served as resource person and adviser for close to two decades in IPC.
He added that late Don was highly
respected in academic, media and communication circles due to his expertise, dedication and
numerous publications in several journals.
“He featured as the lead speaker at a media tweet conference with the theme: “2015 Elections: Addressing fair and equitable media access for parties and candidates” during the 2015 general elections.
“He was also instrumental to creating awareness about IPC’s library and resources.
“Late Prof. Oso regularly referred undergraduate and postgraduate students to the organisation for research materials on media independence, press freedom, access to information, role of the media in democracy, among others,” he said.
The executive director described the deceased as a Scholar who encouraged others to become scholars.
A rogundade said, late Prof. Oso constantly explored new frontiers of knowledge and was never tired of writing.
“The last time we spoke, he requested for a chapter in the book: State of the Media in Nigeria 1996 published when I was the Chairman of the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists.
“Behold he wrote the first chapter titled: Journalism and Social Responsibility: Between Objectivity and Advocacy.
“Apparently he needed the chapter for another research work he was undertaking.
“It was his thirst for research that made him extremely knowledgeable in different areas of Mass Media and communication.”
“As his remains are buried IPC prays for the repose of his soul and commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues.”
NAN also reports that late Oso was also the pioneer President of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria.
He also taught media and communications at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos.