IN order to reward steadfastness, efficiency, hardwork and commitment to work, the management of the people oriented OSUN DEFENDER newspaper has moved up two of its staff with the appointment of a new one.
In the new arrangement, Mr. Kola Olabisi, who was the pioneer Editor of the newspaper is now its Managing Editor, while Mr. Kayode Agbaje, former senior reporter in the establishment is now the Editor with Mr. Kola Odepeju’s appointment as Lagos Editor. The promotions and appointment are with immediate effect.
According to a statement from the newspaper’s management in Osogbo on Tuesday, the management of the newspaper was not unmindful of the unalloyed commitment and maximum exhibition of professional wherewithal to ensure the establishment and sustainability of the newspaper which Olabisi demonstrated during the period of his editorship from foundation to date.
“One good turn deserved another. The management of OSUN DEFENDER Newspaper is not unmindful of your unflinching commitment laced with demonstration of professional expertise to ensure the foundation and continuous existence of the newspaper which today in Osun and beyond, is the darling of progressive-minded people.
“It’s simply irresistibly necessary to reward you with the hope that you will continue to provide your leadership role for the establishment which you staked everything you have, including life, to ensure its existence,” the management told the immediate past editor.
The management also enjoined the new Editor and the Lagos Editor to work in tandem in the overall interest of the newspaper.
Olabisi who cut his journalism teeth at the defunct Concord Press of Nigeria in 1988 as a sub-Editor and Daily Times of Nigeria PLC was at various times a proof reader, reporter, features writer, senior sub Editor, production Editor and State Editor.
The pioneer Managing Editor of OSUN DEFENDER who is a product of Thomson Foundation of Great Britain, possesses a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Book Publishing from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Diploma in Journalism from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos and Advanced Diploma In Journalism from Times Journalism Institute, Lagos.
Olabisi attended Saint John’s Grammar School, Oke-Atan, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Agbaje, the new Editor attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State and Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta where he bagged National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communications respectively also a product of Gbongan/Odeomu Anglican Grammar School, Gbongan Osun State.
He had worked with various newspapers.
Odepeju newly appointed as Lagos Editor of Osun Defender holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in linguistics from Ondo State University Ado-Ekiti now University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) in 1994 and, currently on a master is degree programme in international Relations at Lagos State University.
He has had several articles and write-ups published in several prominent Nigerian and foreign newspapers and magazines. The Lagos Editor is also an Author and a poet with two books and numerous poems to his credit.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED