14 December 2012

Nigeria: NUJ Vows to Fight Quackery

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) on Friday vowed to fight quackery to ensure that sanity was restored to the profession.

The NUJ National President, Mohammed Garba, said this at the inauguration of the newly elected executive council of the Edo State Correspondents' Chapel headed by Simon Ebegbulem of Vanguard Newspapers.

Represented by the Zonal Secretary (Zone F) of the union, Mr Eddy Ogwude, Garba said the issue of quackery remained a major challenge to the union.

He urged all state councils to work with the national secretariat to ensure sanity was brought to the union.

He, however, added that members' welfare was a continuous fight the union believed would be achieved for members.

He said: "Peaceful conduct of the election should be emulated by Correspondents' Chapel in other councils across the country.

"I am happy for you, I can tell the national secretariat of the Edo example now that peaceful elections can be conducted in the union."

Garba said the leadership of the union was also aware of the poor welfare package for some members by their employers.

"The national president is already exploring various ways to ensure that journalists are well paid for their services.

"The union is not resting on its oars to ensure that media houses pay what is due to their staff most of who are our members.

"We are also going to liaise with state owned media houses for adequate welfare for their staff," he said.

In his remarks, Ebegbulem, while commending members for the peaceful conduct of the election in spite of the noticeable tension before the election, called for support from members.

He called on senior colleagues to assist in the move to sanitise the profession, saying that welfare of members would top the new leadership's priority list. NAN

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