President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ), Alh AbdulWaheed Odusile has cautioned journalists against allowing the political class, traditional institutions or spiritual leaders to use their platform or their medium to publish, broadcast or propagate hate speech.
Odusile gave the advice in Ilorin,the Kwara state capital while answering questions on a radio personality interview programme.
The NUJ boss urged media practitioners to be careful and mindful of the implications of the stories they publish or broadcast to the Nigerian society.
He said it is not mandatory for any journalist to use stories that contain hate speech by anybody or group of people that could destabilise the country for their own personal benefits.
Odusile said towards this end, the leadership of the NUJ under his executive has introduced an online biometric registration for all journalists which will capture their details on the website as a means of curbing quackery.
He disclosed that the registration exercise which is a continuous process would determine the exact number of media practitioners and warned that any journalist that is not captured would not be allowed to participate in any union activity and would not be allowed to vote or be voted for during union elections .
He announced that as part of efforts to generate more revenue for the union and to provide journalists with adequate training on the job, it has concluded arrangements with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to accredit courses being run by the International Institute of Journalism,(IIJ) in Abuja while the union has also gone into partnership with developers to construct a 4 star hotel, thereby making the union to be financially independent.
Odusile announced that the union has gone far in acquiring Television and Radio licenses to create employment for its unemployed members and demonstrate journalism at its best as well as discourage the practice of inducing journalists while discharging their constitutional responsibilities.
He lamented that the present economic situation in the country has affected the media industry and brought it to its knees as journalists are no longer paid as and when due.
He, however,assured that the union was working assiduously to address most of the challenges facing the profession, stressing that his executive had trained over two hundred of its members both within and outside the country.