By; Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi
Chairman, Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dahiru Garba Mohammed has warned that the council and the national secretariat of the union will not condone situation whereby untrained persons go parading themselves as journalists in the state.
The Bauchi NUJ Chairman, who said that the journalism profession has invested so much in the image of its members, would not allow unscrupulous persons tarnish that invested image in the eyes of the public.
He stated at the award presentation and launching of the correspondents’ chapel calendar in Bauchi weekend, “We will do whatever we can to support the chapel to sanitize its own ranks and ensure that there is no any other fake person who parade himself/herself from any chapel under the union”.
Mohammed was reacting to a report of a fake journalist who was in Azare Friday for an event where he falsely said he was representing various other genuine members and collected money from the victims under the pretext of offering service.
“Somebody called last evening from Azare and he complained that one journalist went to them to cover an event where he collected money on behalf of some media organizations. When he told me the name of that person, I responded that the person he is talking about is not a journalist”.
Comrade Dahiru Mohammed attributed the Azare bad affair to people or organizations not consulting the right persons at the eve of an event, and called for a change from those that seeks the services of the media so as not to land into wrong hands.
The chairman while recalling that the union has times without number categorically stated that the ‘fake journalist’ is not a member of the journalism profession in the state, assured that the state council of the union will involve the Police to purge the profession of bad eggs.
He explained that the objective behind the production of the correspondents’ chapel calendar is to show-case to the public its genuine members, and advised people to be wary of whoever they were dealing with in the name of media service.
Comrade Dahiru Mohammed also revealed that the awardees picked up by the chapel that include a 400 level student of ATBU Bauchi, Ruben Shekarau Ambi, who fabricated an aircraft and Abubakar Abdullahi, coordinator of skills training centre, Bauchi tagged ‘Visually Impaired Palace’, has the full endorsement and approval of the union at both state and national level.
Abubakar Abdullahi who hailed from Ningi Local Government Area of the state lost his sight while undergoing a degree course in history at the Bayero University, Kano after holding a Diploma in Law from the College for Legal and Islamic Studies, Misau.
Abdullahi, who undergone all medical processes and certified by medical experts that he could not regain his sight, had his quest for knowledge not stopped as he enrolled into the Special Education Centre, Bauchi, after which he went to the Nigerian Farm Craft Centre for the Blind (NFCB), Lagos.
Abubakar Abdullahi initiated the training centre; Visually Impaired Palace, and impacted knowledge to over 150 unemployed women and youth on various skills, as he also trains people especially visually impaired on how to become computer literate with the use of assistive technology such as JUST and NVDA.