New Minimum Wage: Buhari must act for implementation now – NUJ

By: Ade Adeleke

The Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, Has called for timely and judicious use of the funds recently approved by the federal government to upgrade equipment at federal media organizations such as NAN, FRCN and NTA.

The Union also advised the management of the federal media agencies to ensure that Radio Nigeria Positive 102.5 FM, Akure as well as NTA stations in Akure, Ikare-Akoko and Okitipupa benefit from the equipment upgrading projects.

In a Communiqué issued at the end of its monthly meeting in Akure and signed by the state Secretary of the Pen profession, Leke Adegbite, NUJ
Charged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law for implementation the minimum wage bill passed by the National Assembly, to boost purchasing powers of Nigeria’s workers.

The Union condemned the brutal killing of the Anglican Church Bursar, Mr Gabriel Abiodun on Thursday in Akure by three unknown gunmen, who also allegedly attacked a government’s Paymaster, and pleaded with Security agencies to up their games against criminals in the state.

NUJ tasked its state leadership to intervene in the plight of Orange FM staff who were alleged to be unjustly treated.

Here is the full text of the NUJ Communiqué:

*COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE MONTHLY CONGRESS OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ), ONDO STATE COUNCIL, HELD AT THE PRESS CENTRE, AKURE ON THURSDAY 4TH APRIL, 2019.*

_The Congress which was the first under the new Executive officers, deliberated on crucial issues affecting the Union, Ondo State and the Nation, where the following resolutions were adopted:_

STATE OF THE UNION:

1. That while expressing deep concern over the recent plight of Orange FM staff, the Congress encourages the new NUJ leadership to ensure amicable resolution of the impasse with concerned stakeholders, so that our colleagues at the Radio station are not unjustly treated.

2. That the Congress commends the National President of NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, our Vice President Comrade Cosmos Oni, other National and Zonal leaders of our Union for ensuring peaceful and credible election in Ondo State Council on March 21st, 2019. The Congress also appreciates the “fatherly” roles of the State Organised labour (NLC & JNC) in the NUJ election.

3. That the vacant positions in the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Union including Assistant State Secretary, Treasurer, Internal Auditor and two ex-officio, should be filled on or before next Congress through a bye-election in line with the NUJ Constitution while the Congress commends the new Exco for reaching out to some aggrieved members at the State Ministry of Information Chapel.

4. That in view of the deplorable condition of facilities at the Council’s Press Centre, members are advised to always rally round and support steps by the new Exco to bring positive impacts for the benefit of all.

5. That all the Chapels that are due or overdue for fresh elections are directed by the Congress to set up machineries for immediate conduct of such exercise in line with the Union’s organic law.

6. That the Congress wants the new Exco to embark on the Second phase of the Union’s Pen Estate to enable those who did not benefit in the first phase to benefit while members are advised to develop plots of land at the Estate to avoid revocation

7. That while appreciating the Federal Executive Council over the approval of funds for the purchase of working tools for federal media organizations (NAN, FRCN and NTA), NUJ Ondo Council calls for the judicious and timely implementation of the projects and urges the Management of the media agencies to ensure that Radio Nigeria Positive 102.5 FM, Akure as well as NTA stations in Akure, Ikare-Akoko and Okitipupa benefit from the equipment upgrading projects.

STATE OF THE NATION:

1. That the Congress expresses reservations over the delay in the implementation of the new Minimum wage and challenges President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law the minimum wage bill passed by the National Assembly, to boost purchasing powers of Nigeria’s workers.

2. That the Union urges the Ondo State government to start clearing drainages on major roads in Akure metropolis and other big towns in the state to prevent flooding as rainy season sets-in while government should invoke the law prohibiting dumping of refuse on the waterways against perpetrators.

3. That the Congress observed with dismay how refuse sometimes litter streets of Akure as a result of poor service delivery by a private company managing the waste collection and calls on the Ondo state government to review the contract to prevent avoidable outbreak of epidemic in the state.

4. That the Congress notes with delight giant strides of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s administration in roads construction and School structures’ renovation, charges the State government to extend such projects to where they have not reached.

5. That the Congress condemns the brutal killing of the Anglican Church Bursar, Mr Gabriel Abiodun on Thursday in Akure by three unknown gunmen, who also allegedly attacked a government’s Paymaster, and pleads with Security agencies to up their games against criminals in the state.

_COMMUNIQUÉ DRAFTING COMMITTEE:_

1. Bisi Longe (Correspondents’ Chapel)

2. Evelyn Omotayo (Owena Press Chapel)

3. Martins Yomi-Aiyenitaju (Local Govt Information Chapel)

Signed:
Leke Adegbite
State Secretary.

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