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The Chairmanship candidate of the Igba Otun Team for the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun state Council election,Mrs. Oluremi Olugbenro has said that the union is not poor to fund its operations .
Olugbenro said the pen profession has the facilities that can help it to execute its activities .
The candidate said this on Tuesday during the Igba Otun Team campaign’s visit to the Ogun State Television Chapel, ahead of December 21 council’s election .
The national leadership has fixed December 21 as the election day for the council which has been riddled with crisis for three and half years .
Following the unanimous agreement by all the parties to conduct a fresh election, the national leadership has appointed electoral committee led by Chairman of Oyo state council Demola Babalola .
As part of activities to reach out to the members , the Igba Otun Team led by Mr Kazeem Olowe kicked off its campaign with OGTV .
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairmanship candidate frowns at the culture of corporate begging for every council’s programme .
She said “fine, we have good will, we can talk to people, we can reach out and get support but, then, it shouldn’t be that, people will see us as beggars.
“It is our dream that we have a vibrant NUJ that will be beneficial to everybody, as a member, you do not have to get to the press center, you do not have to be one of the executives to be able to say that you belong to Ogun NUJ and you know what you have benefited from Ogun NUJ.”
The Chairmanship Candidate added that there was need for mentorship of the younger members so as to create a platform for them to build themselves on, while tapping from the wealth of experience of those leaving the stage gradually.
“We need to come together to rebrand the union to make impact on the younger generations because they are the ones that are always active in the media space, they are the ones representing and projecting us, that is why we should not leave them alone.“
Olugbenro advised that the Ogun NUJ needed to come together to decide on things that should be the Dos and Don’ts of the union and at the end of the day members can stand anywhere and say they belong to Ogun NUJ.
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