The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has appointed regional media officers for the six geo-political zones in the country, with Ambrose Bernard Gowong heading the North-Central region .
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, who made this known in Abuja, said the decision was borne out of the need to bring the university closer to the grassroots.
Adamu explained that the university, conceived to cater for the educational needs of people of diverse background, irrespective of their location and circumstances, deemed it necessary to set up media offices in the zones for effective information gathering and dissemination.
He said, with the media offices in place, students and stakeholders of the university in the six zones could access information, as well as get feedback on their enquiries.
A statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of the university, Ibrahim Sheme, stated that six members of staff of the Directorate have been redeployed as Regional Media Officers to man the zones.
The media officers will be operating from Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Kaduna and Bauchi.
Those redeployed so far are Mr Joel Nkanta, Principal Editor (South-South), Mr Abiodun Akanmu, Senior Media Officer (South – West), Mr Ambrose Gowon, Senior Media Officer, (North- Central).
Others are Mr Achunulo Egenti, Media Officer (South-East), and Mr. Hamza Inuwa, Media Officer (North-West).
The redeployment takes immediate effect.