Journalism to be repositioned to meet global best practices – Odusile
By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna.
National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile has assured that the leadership of the union will not rest on its oars in repositioning the media industry in Nigeria to meet global best practices and standard.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on a thank you visit after the national election of NUJ in that held in July, this year, he assured that the leadership would strictly adhere to its programmes of action promised, stressing that plans are underway to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate the federal government on the problems the media
industry was facing for possible intervention.
He said the union was packaging a proposed training programme for media managers with a view of updating them on modern journalism practice, pointing out that it would go a long way to have positive impact on the profession in the country.
On the issue of flushing out quacks in the profession, Comrade Odusile announced that discussion was ongoing with members of Guild of Editors and stakeholders in the industry with a view to finding possible solution on the way out. He added that a presentation would be made to the National Assembly to ensure a law will back the issue to ensure only trained journalists practice the profession.
The National President explained that tremendous progress has been made on the possibility of having a Radio station assuring that the union had been advised to register a company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to handle the radio station and said that steps have been taken towards its realization.
On media practitioners welfare package, he said the leadership has seen the Head of Service of the federation and assured that efforts would be made in persuading the government to accept the proposal of the union for enhanced pay package. He added that the union has had discussion with media houses on the need to pay members their
salaries, saying positive response has been made.
Speaking on the permanent site of the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), Comrade Odusile explained that the contractor has been mobilized to site after abandoning the work to continue with the contract, stressing that when completed, IIJ programmes would easily be accredited while NUJ will move its secretariat to the permanent site of IIJ for better performance of its activities.
He called on all Chapels nationwide to ensure prompt payment of check-up dues to aid the union undertake its programme of action for better service delivery to all members in the country.