Olasunkanmi Akinlotan & Sodiq Ojuroungbe
The National leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists has cancelled the union’s election held in Ogun state over an alleged unlawful disenfranchisement of some of its members to participate in the election.
The National body through its Central Working Committee (CWC) also ordered the conduct of fresh election within three months.
In a communique which was compiled by the Vice president of Zone B, Cosmos Oni and National Secretary of National Association Women Journalists, Ladi Bala and signed by the National secretariat obtained by PLATFORM TIMES directed the setting up of a five-member committee to oversee the conduct of the fresh election.
The newly constituted committee is to be chaired by Kayode Taiwo of Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, while Segun Lawole of Nigeria Television Authority would be the secretary.
Other members of the committee include Adewolu Dosumu of information chapel; Ayo Obafemi of LOGIC and Dele Ayudo of consolidated.
The communique also maintained that the committee would take over the affair of the union and ensure that fresh election is conducted soon.
Part of the communique read, “Consequent to complaints following the refusal to allow some members to participate in the Ogun State Council election of March 29, 2019, the Central Working Committee resolved that the election be cancelled.
“Accordingly CWC directs the setting up of a five-member caretaker committee to conduct a fresh election within three months”.
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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE (CWC) OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) HELD AT THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF THE UNION IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019.
The NUJ expresses worry our worsening insecurity in the country, particularly the spate of killings, kidnappings and attacks on Nigerians and calls on the Federal Government, and Security Agencies to overhaul their strategy to protect life and property of Nigerians.
The Union tasks Journalists and Media organizations to give Visibility and voice to ordinary Nigerians that are victims of kidnappings and other crimes, as in the case of elites in the society who occasionally fall victim but grab more media headlines and attention.
The Union applauds the signing into law of the new minimum wage, by the Federal Governments and appeals to state governments in the interest of progressive governance to ensure effective and timely implementation of the national minimum wage.
Furthermore, the Union charges elected political leaders across the country to provide responsive leadership and to fulfil their campaign promises with a view to restoring the confidence of the people in governance.
The Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders in the health sector have been urged to redouble efforts in reducing maternal and infant mortality which is on the increase in the country.
NUJ also congratulates the Muslim Umma for commencing Ramadan and appeals to them to use the period to pray for peace, unity and security of the country.
With the onset of rains and the possibility of flooding in parts of the country, NUJ calls on the States to take proactive remedial measures especially by increasing the enlightenment campaigns among the citizens on the need to clear drains and waterways.
Consequent to complaints following the refusal to allow some members to participate in the Ogun State Council election of March 29, 2019, the Central Working Committee resolved that the election be cancelled. Accordingly, CWC directs the setting up of a five-member caretaker committee to conduct a fresh election within three months.
(1) Cosmos Oni
V.P Zone B
(2) Ladi Bala
National Secretary NAWOJ
Shuaibu Usman Leman