Edo Govt appoints Acting General Manager for BNCL

 BENIN CITY – An Acting General Manager
has been appointed for Edo State Government owned media outfit, The Bendel
Newspapers Company Limited (BNCL), publishers of the Nigerian OBSERVER titles. He is Sir Barr. Solomon Imohiosen. He hails from Owan West Local
Government Area of Edo State. 

  A letter signed by the Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Communication and Orientation, Mr. Joses Sede, on behalf of the Hon.
Commissioner, Barr Paul Ohonbamu, said he takes over from Mrs. Rhoda Akhanolu,
also Acting General Manager who has proceeded on retirement with effect from
June 6.

  The new acting General Manager who was until
the appointment, the Editor (Daily) of the newspaper house holds a Bachelor of
Arts (honours) and also Bachelor of Laws LLB (honours), all from the University
of Benin, Benin City, as well as BL from the Nigeria Law School, Bwari, Abuja.
He was called to the Bar in 2008.

  Sir, Barr. Imohiosen started his journalism
career with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kaduna zonal office where he did
the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), between December 1987 and
November 1988.

  He joined Think Magazine and Kaduna Monitor
Newspapers which he co-owned, financed by Delta business man, George Do Good Mokpo.
He later freelanced for Today Newspapers Kaduna before joining the Nigerian
Observer in August 1989.

  He was also at various times Senior Staff
writer, Assistant Editor, News Editor, City Editor, Kaduna zonal office and
equally held sway as City Editor of the Warri Office.

  An astute newspaper professional, he has also
held the position of Sunday Editor as well as Editor, Weekend Observer.

  A journalist trainer, he is currently the State
Coordinator, International Institute of Journalism, (IIJ) Abuja, Benin Study

  He has undergone several journalism training
courses, among them are Economic Journalism, sponsored by the Nigeria Union of
Journalists (NUJ) National Secretariat and the Centre for Foreign Journalist/US
Information Service, August 1990; Financial Journalism Course, sponsored by the
British Council and the Thompson Foundation, November – December 1997; News
Journalism Course, sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and
the European Commission, February 2001; Election Reporting, February, 2003,
sponsored by the BBC; Developmental Journalism, sponsored by defunct PTF,
November, 1998, among others.

  He received a Media Practitioners award in
2002 for his immense contribution to the advancement of journalism in Nigeria,
sponsored by the Merit Media Network, Benin City, he is married with children.
His unpublished work, “objectivity and media ownership, co-authored is soon to
come on stream.  

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