Africa Council of Communication Education (ACCE) get new president

Austin Ajayi

The Africa Council of Communication Education (ACCE) Nigeria chapter has elected Professor Abdullahi Saleh Bashir as 6th president of the council.

Professor Bashir of Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola, Adamawa State,
a Professor of Media and Information Studies emerged President today Friday at the 23rd International Conference and Annual General Meeting of the body held at the Nnamndi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

He takes over from Professor Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu who had his two tenures from 2017 to 2023.

Bashir who has been teaching information and Communications courses at MAU, Yola for over a decade, has published researches in over thirty national and foreign journals as well as books.

He was the Head, Department of Information Management Technology and currently the Deputy Director Center for Distance Learning, MAU, Yola.

His interests are digital journalism, climate change communication, and conflict communication. Bashir earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Professor Ezekiel S. Asemah will serve as Vice President. This means the council and delegates had to ratify the nominees.

Other members of the Executive Committee are: Dr. Ibituru Pepple (Secretary), Dr. Santas Tsegyu, Dep. Secretary, Dr Comfort Okwella (National Treasurer), Dr Obiorah Edogor (Dir. Public Affairs).

In his acceptance speech, Professor Bashir thanked the council for the confidence reposed in him and his team. He said they had accepted the enormous task thrust on them and promised to considate and improve upon the success of the past administrations.

Other past Presidents of the Council include: late Professor Ikechukwu Nwosu (2000-2005), Professor Ebenezer Oludayo Soola (2005-2009), Professor Desmond Ephraim Wilson (2009-2012), Professor Danjuma (2012-2017).

In their various remarks, Professor Danjuma Gambo of the University of Maiduguri and Professor Peter Esuh , Dean Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Uyo commended the sterling virtues of Professor Asemah who is the vice president noting that by his selflessness, he had demonstrated clearly that his love for the Council overrides any personal interests,
describing him as a down-to-earth, unassuming and self-effacing.

Professor Asemah is a Professor of Public Relations and Advertising and was in 2019 elected Dean of the College of Management and Social Sciences.

Professor Asemah, a leading reference in Google Scholar earned a PhD in 2015 from the University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria. In September, 202.

Asemah has well over 125 Journals Articles, 11 Edited books / Conference Proceedings, 24 Books and 48 Chapter Contributions to his name.

They were immediately sworn into office by the National legal adviser of ACCE Nigeria, Dr Nsikak Senam, following affirmation of allegiance and affirmation of office.

Professor Charles Obot, FACCE, Head, Department of Film and Multimedia Studies, University of Uyo served as Electoral Chairman, with Dr Njideka Ezeonyefiaku, SACCE, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, as Secretary.

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