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Formerly known as the Directorate of Information and Protocol, the Directorate of Corporate Affairs is one of the units under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Among other functions, the Directorate is charged with the responsibility of managing the corporate communication of the University by designing effective communication strategies and marshalling effective tools for their execution. Its major mandate is to project the image of the University positively among its internal and external publics.
Towards this end, the Directorate serves as the clearing house for all strategic public communication issuing out of the University. It also advises the Vice-Chancellor on strategic engagement with the mass media; coordinates public communication campaign and events; maintains steady presence and positive projection of the University in the mass media; monitor public communication process and provide fresh information to the public on the activities of the University as well as give occasional clarifications on issues as they relate to the University.
To carry out this mandate, the Directorate has, over the years, maintained a cordial relationship with the critical media stakeholders in the country and engaged in series of media activities. These include issuing of periodic press releases on University activities, reacting to Unilorin-related publications in the newspapers and magazines, arranging media interviews for the Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers of the University, responding to media enquiries, organizing facility tours for the media, packaging special reports on the University and engaging in positive image building for the University through effective media liaison. Apart from constantly keeping the University positively fresh in the minds of members of the external publics, the Directorate also publishes a weekly news bulletin, Unilorin Bulletin, to serve the regular information needs of the University’s internal publics, i.e. the staff, students and other members of the University community.
Other publications of the Directorate include the Unilorin Star, an annual publication, and the Unilorin Senate Digest, an occasional publication highlighting major decisions reached at the periodic meetings of the University Senate.
Over the years, and especially in the last five years, the Unilorin Bulletin has evolved from a mere cyclostyled quarto-size hand-out into an informative semi-processed colour weekly delight for staff and students. The University authority has recently approved the upgrading of the publication to a full-processed colour magazine format. The new format will further enhance the bulletin’s editorial content and upgrade its aesthetic quality.
Headed by Mr. Kunle Ganiyu I. Akogun, a consummate journalist of several years of media experience, the Directorate also supervises the Unilorin 89.3 FM radio, a well-rated, multiple award winning 24-hour digital broadcast station. Established in August 2009, the radio station was officially commissioned in October 2011 and it is equipped with state-of-the arts transmitters, modern editing facilities, attractive studios, back-up facilities and above all, a crop of young talented and dedicated workforce that makes it a wonderful campus radio station.
The Directorate currently serves as secretariat to some key committees of the University. The committees include the Ceremonials Committee, which handles all important ceremonies of the University, including the Convocation ceremony, among others; the Library and Publications Committee which regulates publications of academic staff and handles the publication of Centrepoint, an academic journal of the University; Centrepoint Journal Editorial Board; the Governing Board of the University Primary school, and the STEP-B Project Committee among others.