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Enugu NUJ rejects govt’s palliative

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THE palliative given to Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Council by Enugu State Government has been rejected by the union over allegation of interference by the government in the union’s activities.

  It was gathered that problem ensued when the state’s Commissioner for Information, Chidi Aroh, announced that the palliative was for the alleged two factions in the union.

  Ken Ofoma, Acting Vice President of NUJ, South East, vented his disappointment over the commissioner’s statement voicing that there were no factions in the union, disclosing that the other group were suspended members by the national body over anti-union activities, adding that  any other executive is illegal.

  “Enugu NUJ remains one family under the leadership of the state chairman, Rex Arum and under the national body led by Chief Christopher Isiguzo.

  NUJ Chairman, Rex Arum, in his remarks said that since the government had decided to recognise an illegal group comprising of seven persons, over 200 journalists in the state would not accept the palliative.

  He said that the items should have been handed to that state council as it did to Radio and Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATTAWU).

  “The other group is illegal because they are not recognised by the national body. How can you share the items between 200 journalists and seven illegal persons?

  “You can see that they did the right thing for RATTAWU and they collected their own but the government did not follow the appropriate way for NUJ. That is why the members turned it down,” he said.

  “We did not actually reject the palliative but demanded for the recognition of the elected NUJ executive in the state,” Mr Arum said.

  The commissioner and his group, comprising the Leader, Enugu State House of Assembly, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu and Chairman, Assembly Committee on Information, Jeff Mba, left with the items as journalists walked away from them.

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