By Olawale Asake
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oyo State Council, led by its Chairman, Chief Ademola Babalola has paid a condolence visit to the management of the News and Current Affairs Department, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Ibadan Zonal Station, Dugbe, Ibadan over the demise of a just retired staff of the Department, Alhaji Adeniyi Odekunle who passed away on Wednesday.
Chief Babalola described the late Odekunle as a thoroughbred journalist and unionist par excellence who served the union up to the national level as a member of its executive.
According to him, the council received the news of the demise of Alhaji Odekunle with shock, but with solace in God that the deceased was a selfless, cerebral and committed member of the union whose legacy would not be forgotten anytime soon.
He prayed to God to comfort the family, management, members of staff of the FRCN and friends of the deceased during this trying and grieving period.
Responding, the Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs who is also an immediate past Chairman of NUJ, Oyo State Council, Mr Adewumi Faniran who received the visiting NUJ executive members on behalf of the management and members of the department commended the Chief Babalola-led executive for the condolence visit, saying the deceased was a professional who had paid his dues as a reporter of note, a painstaking editor and skilful commentary writer.
Mr Faniran regretted that the deceased who was due to be celebrated on Thursday by the department, having served meritoriously for 35 years, could not see the day.
He prayed for his soul to rest in peace, adding that, his impact on the lives of others remained unquantifiable.