Every stage in life of an individual counts but the times that define one’s life’s journey mostly begin from fifty years in other words referred to as the golden age. At fifty, people could write and publish their memoirs so as to provide others with the opportunity to peep into their backgrounds for a better understanding of who they are and what they have been doing for the growth of society.
Those who therefore, celebrate such times in their lives, find spectacular moments to tell their stories in the manner that the struggles and challenges encountered as well as achievements recorded over the years, could motivate others to also find their feet.
It is in the light of this that, Dr. Tyotom Keghku of the Department of Mass Communication, Benue State University, Makurdi obviously chose to commemorate his diamond age in a grand style with a book written in his honour and ready for presentation to the public.
Entitled ‘Public Relations, Governance and National Development’ the book which is a collection of academic articles, has been scheduled for public presentation on Monday, May 10th 2021, at the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi at Ten Am.The book edited by three erudite Scholars from the National Open University of Nigeria and Benue State University, Makurdi namely Professor Jonathan Aliede, Doctors Caleb Chile and Tyozenda Achioko, has among other things, defined the personality and character of the Celebrant, Dr. Keghku as a refined gentleman with an unprecedented academic finesse.
Central Planning Committee CPC for the presentation and launch of the book under the leadership of a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR, Doctor Joseph Fanafa has set the machinery in motion for the success of the occasion.
In this wise, the CPC has carefully selected a number of notable Nigerians to grace the occasion with the President and Chairman of Council, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR, Mallam Muhktar Sirajo as the Chairman, Mrs. Espei Ushe-Uba, Director General of Radio Benue as Chairlady while her counterpart at the Benue Television Dr. Patience AchakpaIkyo is the Vice Chairlady. Mr Fred Chagu, President,HiTek Productions Abuja as Vice Chairman.Others are the Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom who is the Chief Guest of Honour, Dr. Alex Adum, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Benue Investment and Property Company BIPC as Chief Launcher, the Senator representing Benue North East Senatorial zone, Dr. Gabriel Suswam is Distinguished Guest of Honour and Professor Gerard Igyor Agenah is Book Presenter.
Also invited to the unveiling are Professor Mande Samaila, the Dean School of Post Graduate Studies National Open University of Nigeria Abuja is Book Reviewer with Professor Tor Joe Iorapuu, Vice Chancellor of BSU as Chief Host while the State Deputy Governor Engineer Benson Abounu, Professor Shehu Abdulrahman, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia, Professor Umaru Pate, the Vice Chacellor, Federal University Kashere are Distinguished Guests of Honour and Professor Terkura Tarnande Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences BSU is the Host. Professor David Ker will be the Father of the Day, Rt. Hon Ngunan Addingi is Mother of the Day, while Royal Fathers shall be Chief Dominic Akpe, Ter Gwer II, Chief Nyiyongo Achiaku, Ter Kunav and Chief Eric Ama, Ag Tyoor Ikwe. The Spiritual Fathers of the day shall beRev Frs. Edward Atel, Moses Dzever, Stephen Ishor and Dr Moses Iorapuu.
These personalities have no doubt been reached most of who have equally given their consent to attend the occasion without fail to identify with the celebrant, Dr Keghku on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday anniversary. Doctor Keghku who is adjudged to be a man of the people was born in 1959 in Igbor, Yonov, Gwer East Local Government Area and has risen through the ranks in his public career to the admiration of his friends, associates and well-wishers.
Tyotom Keghku holds the doctoral degree in Mass Communication, MSc in Public Relations, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Marketing, Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Professional Diploma in Education and is a fellow of well-recognised bodies including Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He once served as Vice President of NIPR under the Late Professor Ikechukwu Nwosu.
He is also a member of the African Council for Communication Education MACCE, Associate, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria arpa with over a hundred articles, reviews and book chapters published in local national and international journals to his credit. He has successfully co-supervised 15 PhDs, 35M.Sc candidates and over 150 projects.
Doctor Keghku had, within the course of his service to the father land also served as Rector, Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi from July 2014 – June 2018, Sole Administrator, CAPS between December 2009 and June 2014 as well as Member Governing Board IJMB Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 2012 to 2018.That is not all, the Celebrant was Chairman, Committee of Heads of Board State-Owned Tertiary Institutions from 2017 to 2018, Chairman First Benue Education Summit Contact Committee in 2013 and coopted member Benue State Emergency Committee on salary issues led by the State Deputy Governor Engineer Benson Abounu from 2017 to 2018 in all of which he is adjudged to have performed creditably.
Doctor Keghku is reputed to have equally rendered his services to professional bodies including Chairman,Media Merit Award Committee NUJ Benue State Coucil, Editor-in-chief NIPR Public Relations Journal, Member Editorial Committee, African Journal of Communication, Aboki Publishers and Patron Legal Aid Clinic CDSG/NYSC Benue State.As an academic, the former Rector of ATCAPS and Head Department of Mass Communication, BSU Makurdi has attended over sixty conferences, workshops seminars; local, national and international from which he has gained the requisite knowledge and experience to hold any position of trust in the country.
In recognition of his outstanding performance in all assignments given him, many institutions and organizations have conferred merit awards on Doctor Keghku some of which are Award of Excellence by IJMB Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Presidential Award by NIPR, Presidential Certificate of Appreciation as Pillar of Rotary Club
It is important to point out that during his tenure as Secretary with Late Chief Senator Joseph Waku as Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of public Relations in Benue, the professional body witnessed an unprecedented level of development with robust activities and programmes of NIPR attracting global attention.
As all roads lead to the auditorium of College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi for the public presentation and launch of the book in honour of Dr. Keghku, it is hoped that his friends, the university community, associates, well-wishers and students would find time to grace the occasion.
There are a few reasons why Doctor Keghku ought to be celebrate at this very auspicious occasion of his sixtieth birthday anniversary. First, Doctor Keghku values friendship and would also want to identify with those in need of his support at any given time which is why he hardly fails to attend events to which he had been duly invited. Secondly, his humble disposition towards fellow human beings, disciplinary lifestyle, respect for time, brilliance and hard work which are some of the attributes associated with the celebrant could help shape the conduct of those who might see him as a role model. Therefore, attending the public presentation of the book in honour of the renowned academic to mark his Diamond Jubilee would be like reciprocating a gesture to someone who deserves it in hundred folds.
This piece is by Dr Charles Iornumbe