The Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Zone “B” has lauded the northern governors for their handling of the October 1 quit notice to the Igbo by the Arewa Youth Forum.
This is contained in a communiqué at the end of its meeting in Ado Ekiti.
The communiqué which states the support of the zone for the introduction of biometric registration of NUJ members to prevent quackery.
It tasks media organizations on payment of members’ salaries and calls for complete overhaul of facilities and equipment in the federal and state owned media organisations.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF NUJ ZONE B MEETING HELD IN ADO EKITI, ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017.
The following resolutions were reached at the end of NUJ quarterly Zone “B” meeting attended by the zonal executives, chairmen and secretaries of the six states in the zone.
-That the northern governors be commended for the matured manner they handled the issue of quit notice of October 1st, some youths handed down to Igbos residing in the north.
The Union said, though Nigeria has been rescued from the precipice several times by the people in positions of authority in the past, it however, observed that the manner the crisis that would have engulfed the country by October 1st, had the situation not been properly contained, was averted, is a testament of the strength inherent in the ruling class in the country.
-That followers in the country in general and in NUJ in particular should desist from putting undue pressure on those occupying positions of authority through demands they also know cannot be met without engaging in unscrupulous activities.
-That condition of facilities and equipments in many state and federal government-owned media houses are so poor that it has effectively limited the productivity of the media workers using them.
The Union demanded a complete overhaul of the equipments and facilities to enable media staffers do their job as expected of them. It also called for proper funding of publicly owned media houses to allow them cope with the challenges new entrants into the media business pose to them.
-That all print media houses that are owing workers’ salaries pay up immediately, to save the those being owed from the excruciating effects of the harsh economy facing the country.
-That Zone “B” NUJ leaders are in support of the efforts of Waheed Odusile-led national leadership of the Union to prevent quackery through the introduction of biometric registration of members. It urged all members of the Union to key into the project by registering.
-That Mr. Ebenezer Adeniyan, former National Ex-Officio from Ondo Council disrespected the Union’s leadership in the manner through which he resigned his position. The Union subsequently directed Adeniyan to write apology letter to NUJ leadership.
Communiqué drafting committee
Wole Sokunbi (Chairman)
Boladale Bamigbola (Secretary)
Comas Oni (Vice President “B” Zone)
Afolabi Lawal (Zonal Secretary)