S’ West journalists endorse sanctions on NAWOJ officials, ex-Lagos NUJ chair




NIGERIA: JOURNALISTS in the South West have endorsed the 10 years ban placed on the Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Ify Omowole, by a probe panel instituted by the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

*Omowole…NAWOJ chairperson.

They also endorsed the panel’s decisions to mete out similar punishments on the NAWOJ Treasurer, Mrs. Tosin Odusola, and the ex-Lagos NUJ Council Chairman, Deji Elumoye.

It would be recalled that the 10-man panel, headed by Mr. Fabian Anawo of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), while submitting its report, last March, to the Lagos Council Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, said that the decision to impose the punishments was taken to “serve as a deterrent to others who may in future want to serve the NUJ to be upright in their dealings while in office.”

The journalists under the aegis of Zone B of the NUJ approved the panel’s recommendations and Lagos council resolutions in a communique issued at the end of their recent meeting held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

They said: “The Zone supports the decision of Lagos Council Congress on the committee report on the botched NAWOJ PEN JEWEL Estate\ABAREN land saga.

“We equally sympathized with families of subscribers to the land scheme, who died without realising their dreams and urged others to remain calm as justice would be done on the matter.”

The journalists also pleaded with the National Executive Council of their union to approve all decisions regarding the botched proposed estate.

*Odusola…NAWOJ National Treasurer.

“We appealed to the NUJ NEC to approve all congressional decisions for speedy resolution of the land crisis,” they said in the communique signed by Akinreti, Ekiti State Council Chairman, Rotimi Ojomoyela and Secretary of the Osun State Council, Bamigbola Boladale and made available to GatewayMail at the weekend.

They also declared: “The Zone stated emphatically that it would not condone or aid any act of corruption, illegality and impunity from any of its members going by Audited financial report from the Lagos Council.

“It called on Councils leadership to carry the Executive and state working committee along in all financial transactions.”

The journalists, however, commended the Federal Government for securing the release of the abducted Dapchi school girls, but urged that all efforts should be taken to effect the release of the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, who was still in captivity.

They also pleaded with the government at the centre to, as a matter of urgency, address the poor state of facilities and working environment of its media organizations, which included the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Nigeria Television Authority, News Agency of Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria.

“That the NUJ National Secretariat should overhaul the International Institute of Journalism operations for transparency and accountability,” they said, adding: “More importantly a new Board should be constituted in line with international best practice of media training institution.”

*Elumoye…ex-Lagos Council Chair.

They, however, pleaded that journalists should be allowed to perform their jobs without any hindrance while security agencies should ensure their safety during the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

They further said: “The Zone urged the federal government to fast track the rebuilding of Radio Nigeria Gold FM station gutted by fire recently in public interest.  We equally commended the general public, who have been contributing to the rebuild of the station.”

While commending the government of the State of Osun for infrastructural developments and efforts at enhancing the standard of education in the state, the journalists charged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the proposed Media Salary Scale for journalists, while also calling on the state governors to give priority to the welfare of workers and pensioners by ensuring regular payment of their entitlements.

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