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NUJ National Election:  News Express Deputy Editor chairs Electoral Committee

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•News Express Deputy Editor/ NUJ National Electoral Committee Chairman, Garba Muhammad

By GARBA MUHAMMAD, Kaduna

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has approved October 4, 2021 for its 7th Triennial National Delegates Congress slated for Umuahia, the Abia State capital. It has also set up an Electoral Committee with National Officer and Deputy Editor of News Express, Garba Muhammad, as Chairman.

Victor Ndukwe, Abia State Council Chairman of NUJ, serves as Secretary of the committee.

Other members of the committee include Ladi Bala, NAWOJ National President; Ogbeche Emmanuel, FCT Council Chairman; Udu Victor, Cross River Council Chairman; Isa A. Shuni, Sokoto State Council Chairman; Prince Leke Adegbite, Secretary, Ondo State Council; and Mohammed Ibrahim, Secretary, Borno State Council.

The composition of the electoral committee was one of the highlights of a communique signed by NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman (Leman Walin) Shadalafiya, after the Union’s NEC meeting in Abuja on Saturday, August 7.

It stated that sportswriters who dissociated selves from the NUJ should henceforth cease to enjoy patronage of the Union including using the facilities of NUJ anywhere in the country.

News Express reports that the NUJ 6th Triennial Delegates Conference was held in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, on October 4-5, 2018. The current Central Working Committee (CWC) was sworn in on October 5, 2018 for a tenure which will come to an end on October 5 this year.

The CWC comprises the National President, Deputy President, National Treasurer, National Financial Secretary, Zonal Vice President and Zonal Secretaries of NUJ.

Appointed positions in the CWC include the National Secretary, the two Assistant National Secretaries and other national officers, while the National Chairmen of the two NUJ affiliates (SWAN and NAWOJ) elected from their associations membership are also automatic members of the CWC.

NEC in its bid to resolve the factionalisation of SWAN (Sports Writers Association of Nigeria) resolved that “only sportswriters who pledge allegiance to the State Councils of the NUJ at the State levels would henceforth be recognised.”

As safety and security of journalists have become priority issues, NEC expressed worry over the high rate of intimidation and attacks on journalists in the country by both Agents of the State and Freelance Actors.

It thus charged the Federal Government to urgently wade in and avert its escalation.

NEC also appealed to the Federal Government to dialogue with Resident Doctors to end the ongoing industrial action which has already subjected many Nigerians to untold hardship.

It equally called on the Federal Government to return to the negotiation table with ASUU to prevent an impending strike.

According to the communiqué, “NEC supports the position of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria – BON calling for a complete review of the digitisation process specifically in the area of legal framework. It notes that the only document available remains the Government White paper of 2012 which does not capture contemporary technological development and it is deficient in addressing decade long issues that have emerged since its issuance.

“NEC notes with concern the high rate of insecurity across the country and calls on the Federal Government to overhaul the security apparatus with a view to combatting incessant killings, kidnappings, banditry and other criminal activities ravaging the country. Efforts should also be intensified to effect the release of 136 school pupils still in the kidnappers custody in Niger State without further delay.

“More importantly NEC encourages the Federal Government to make public the list of those sponsoring criminality in the country as earlier promised by the Attorney General of the Federation.

“As a further step towards improving the security situation in the Country, NEC adds its voice to calls that State Governments should be allowed to establish state police to complement the existing security architecture.

“NEC calls on the Federal Government to summon an urgent conference of stakeholders to map out strategies to avert the impending food crisis in the country, as a result of insecurity.  

“The poor state of Federal Roads across the country is affecting the economy and wellbeing of Nigeria, and NEC after reviewing the situation, calls on the Federal Government to prioritise the construction of additional rail lines and rehabilitation of more roads for effective transportation.

“NEC expresses regret that more state governments are now unable to pay salaries of workers as and when due, including pensions and gratuities.”

The Communiqué Drafting Committee was made up of Abdullahi Isma Yamadi – Secretary Zone ‘A’, Adetona Aderoboye – Chairman, Ondo Council, Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe – Secretary, Abia Council.

Source: News Express


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