Don’t Gag Press In Nigeria – NUJ Tells FG




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The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NEC has rejected in its entirety a step by the Federal Government to regulate social media operators in the country, calling on the Minister of Information, Alh Lai Mohammed not to succumb to the temptation of restricting the social media which can easily lead to gagging the media.

In the same manner, the NEC frowns at some social media Influencers who they said indiscriminately masquerade themselves as professional journalists and members of the NUJ to desist from such acts or be reported to the Police.
This is contained in the communique signed by the NUJ National Secretary, Shu’aibu Usman Leman at the end of the meeting in Lokoja , Kogi State.
On the state of the union, NEC in session reviewed the current situation in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN and set up a five man committee to reconcile the two factions in the crisis.
The NEC also suspended indefinitely the former President of the NUJ, Waheed Odusile, NUJ Vice President Zone C, Petrus Obi, National Vice Chairman Zone C of NAWOJ, Chibota Edozie and Ngozi Agbo for persistent anti-Union activities.
The NEC also rejected Nigeria Governor’s Forum position which says that they will pay new minimum wage according to what they describe as the financial standing of their respective states.
NUJ however urge the governors to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.

Kingsley Fanwo, Gov. Bello’s DG Media (left) and NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo in Kogi State during the NEC meeting




BELOW FULL TEXT OF THE COMMUNIQUE
The NEC also rejected Nigeria Governor’s Forum position which says that they will pay new minimum wage according to what they describe as the financial standing of their respective states.
NUJ however urge governors to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.
October 31, 2019
COMMUNIOUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) HELD AT REVERTON HOTEL LOKOJA, KOGI STATE OCTOBER 31, 2019.
The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held its meeting in Lokoja, Kogi State with all the National Officers as well as Chairmen and Secretaries of State Councils in attendance, and came up with the following:
STATE OF THE UNION
NEC in session reviewed the current situation in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN and set up a five man committee to reconcile the two factions in the crisis.
NEC in session suspends indefinitely a former President of the NUJ, Waheed Odusile, NUJ Vice President Zone C, Petrus Obi, National Vice Chairman Zone C of NAWOJ, Chibota Edozie and Ngozi Agbo for persistent anti-Union activities.
NEC in session approves the employment of two additional Assistant National Secretaries in addition to the offering of contract appointment to Mr Bamidele Gbemiga, who retired as Senior Assistant National Secretary.
NEC in session also approves the use of centralized NUJ attendance registrar for State Councils to check sharp practices in the compilation of membership lists in States.
NEC frowns at some social media Influencers who indiscriminately masquerade as professional journalists and members of the NUJ to desist from such acts or be reported to the Police.
STATE OF THE NATION
NEC in session calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on deplorable Federal Roads across the country especially Ajaokuta – Itobe road which links the South East and South-South to the FCT.
NEC rejects in its entirety a step by the Federal Government to regulate social media operators in the country calling on the Minister of Information, Alh Lai Mohammed not to succumb to the temptation of restricting the social media which can easily lead to gagging the media.
NEC in session appeals to the Federal Government, INEC, security agencies and political gladiators to ensure hitch – free electoral processes before, during and after the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa States elections.
NEC also rejects Nigeria Governor’s Forum position that they will pay new minimum wage according to what they describe as the financial standing of their respective states and urge them to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.
NEC in session commends the Federal Government for the closure of the Nation’s land borders and urge the FG to prevail on marketers and local producers not to hike prices of goods and services.
NEC commends Kogi State government and the Kogi State Council of the Union for hosting the NEC in Lokoja.
Compiled by:
Buba Abdullahi
Victoria AsherLeke Adegbite

Shuaibu Usman Leman
Walin Shadalafiya
National Secretary

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