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NUJ leadership charged to give optimal attention to members’ welfare

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By Uche Kalu

 

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant in the forthcoming triennial delegates conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dele Atunbi of the union to give premium to the welfare of journalists in the country.

 

Prince Atunbi who is a former vice president of the union in charge of zone B, gave the charge in a statement issued in Abuja, expressed displeasure over the lackluster attitude of the present leadership to the welfare of journalists in the nation.

 

He regretted a situation whereby NUJ has no single position paper in the ongoing negotiation of a new national minimum wage. He pointed out that the inertial attitude of the leadership of the union to the uplift of the well-being of members in the nation is a source of concern to media professionals.

 

The former V.P however, challenged the current executive of the union led by Waheed Odusile to point the attention of journalists to just one achievement of his central of members in the last three years.

 

Atuni who asserted that under the current dispensation, the welfare of journalists has suffered colossal neglect unlike the immediate past administration led by Mallam Garba Mohammed who negotiated toward review of weigh-in allowance for media workers in 2011, advocated the need for the union to be proactive in addressing members welfare.

 

The presidential aspirant stressed that the warning industrial actions embarked upon by Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the instance of chapels are pointers to the level of disconnect between the present leadership and members of the union.

 

Moreover Prince Atunbi reminded the current executive that negotiation of condition of service for journalists is a constitutional matter enshrined in article two of the union’s grand norm which the leadership swore to protect and defend on assumption of office, three years ago.

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