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By: Ade Adeleke
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the federal government to declare a State of Emergency on roads across the country which have become impassable.
This is just as the Union suspended its immediate Past President, Mr Waheed Odusile and three other members for persistent anti-Union activities.
These formed parts of the key decisions reached at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Union held in Lokoja, Kogi State on 31st October, 2019.
NUJ also cautioned state governors over the implementation of the #30,000 minimum wage, urging them to adopt the federal government’s template for payment.
The Union equally asked the federal government to drop the idea of regulating the social media operations, adding that such would be amounting to gagging the media space.
Below is the full text of the Communique issued at the NEC meeting;
COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) HELD AT REVERTON HOTEL LOKOJA, KOGI STATE OCTOBER 31, 2019.
The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held its meeting in Lokoja, Kogi State with all the National Officers as well as Chairmen and Secretaries of State Councils in attendance, and came up with the following:
STATE OF THE UNION
NEC in session reviewed the current situation in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN and set up a five man committee to reconcile the two factions in the crisis.
NEC in session suspends indefinitely a former President of the NUJ, Waheed Odusile, NUJ Vice President Zone C, Petrus Obi, National Vice Chairman Zone C of NAWOJ, Chibota Edozie and Ngozi Agbo for persistent anti-Union activities.
NEC in session approves the employment of two additional Assistant National Secretaries in addition to the offering of contract appointment to Mr Bamidele Gbemiga, who retired as Senior Assistant National Secretary.
NEC in session also approves the use of centralized NUJ attendance registrar for State Councils to check sharp practices in the compilation of membership lists in States.
NEC frowns at some social media Influencers who indiscriminately masquerade as professional journalists and members of the NUJ to desist from such acts or be reported to the Police.
STATE OF THE NATION
NEC in session calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on deplorable Federal Roads across the country especially Ajaokuta – Itobe road which links the South East and South-South to the FCT.
NEC rejects in its entirety a step by the Federal Government to regulate social media operators in the country calling on the Minister of Information, Alh Lai Mohammed not to succumb to the temptation of restricting the social media which can easily lead to gagging the media.
NEC in session appeals to the Federal Government, INEC, security agencies and political gladiators to ensure hitch – free electoral processes before, during and after the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa States elections.
NEC also rejects Nigeria Governor’s Forum position that they will pay new minimum wage according to what they describe as the financial standing of their respective states and urge them to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.
NEC in session commends the Federal Government for the closure of the Nation’s land borders and urge the FG to prevail on marketers and local producers not to hike prices of goods and services.
NEC commends Kogi State government and the Kogi State Council of the Union for hosting the NEC in Lokoja.
Shuaibu Usman Leman