A renowned Broadcaster and Journalist, Chief Gbenga Onayiga has formerly retired from service. Gbenga Onayiga who is a member of the NEITI NSWG, also chairs the NEITI communications subcommittee.
Until his retirement from service, Chief Gbenga Onayiga served in Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN for 37years.
While in service, Gbenga Onayiga, served as an FRCN reporter, correspondent, editor rising to management position in the news directorate at the FRCN Headquarters. He was among the well-known voices of the FRCN on the National News for several decades.
At the valedictory editorial conference held in his honor, renowned broadcasters and Media Executives, payed glowing tributes on his professional accomplishments, leadership and exceptional contributions to the media industry.
The President of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Mr. Waheed Odusile described Gbenga Onayiga, as the encyclopedia of knowledge of media ethics. The Special Advicer to the President of National Assembly matters Senator, Ita Enang identified Gbenga Onayiga as an example of a media professional who devoted his carrier for the good of the society. He said;
“The passage of the Freedom of Information bill in the National Assembly could not have been possible without the personal commitment of Gbenga Onayiga. As the Chairman of House of Representative committee on rules and business, Gbenga Onayiga was constantly mounting pressure on me and other members of the House to ensure the passage of the bill into law. He used all his contacts as an influential journalist attached to the House to ensure early passage of the FOI bill into law.’’
NEITI Director Communications, Dr. Orji Obgonnaya Orji, a former colleague who served with Chief Gbenga Onayiga both as correspondents in the FRCN, described him as an epitome of a humble civil servant with eyes for details and quality contents.
Encomiums were poured in from dignitaries, staff and management who witnessed the valedictory session.
The Director General of FRCN, Dr. Marsur Liman conveyed the appreciation of the Management and Staff to Chief Gbenga Onayiga for what he called an excellent service to the FRCN over the past 37years. He pledged the support of the FRCN to Gbenga Onayiga in his future endeavors.
In response, Gbenga Onayiga thanked the FRCN management and staff for the opportunities and privileges extended to him in the past 37 years. He advised the DG to create opportunities for experienced professionals who have retired from the corporation to give back to the industry through exchange of knowledge, teaching and learning.
Chief Gbenga Onayiga identified the FRCN training school in Sogunle Lagos, as a platform where retired professionals can be used to help groom the next generation of broadcasters.
A valedictory editorial conference is an FRCN tradition to celebrate veterans who are retiring from services.