Ogun journalists on warpath with Gov Abiodun over failed promises - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Friday, March 29, 2024

Ogun journalists on warpath with Gov Abiodun over failed promises

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council, on Thursday expressed its disappointment over several failed promises of Gov Dapo Abiodun towards the union

The union said that except Gov Abiodun towed path of honour and begin to fulfill his promises, the journalists in the state will have no choice than to blacklist reporting all the government activities.

The was contained in a communique issued at the end of the monthly congress of the union held on Thursday at its secretariat,  Iwe Iroyin, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta

The Chairman of the union, Com Wale Olanrewaju presided over the congress.

The union detailed how Gov Abiodun had visited its secretariat last year August and promised to appoint two members of the union as part of his cabinet members while also helping with some infrastructural development 

The communique partly reads "The congress having relieved on the four cardinal promises made by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun during his last visit to the council secretariat, frowned at his non fulfilment and seemingly decision to ignore all emissaries to remind him of his promises particularly the appointment of two of its members as requested by him.

"The Congress however feels disappointed, disrespected and highly undermined by the decision of the governor to deliberately remove our nominees from the list of appointees.

"The congress at its monthly meeting however decide to blacklist all reporting of the Governors appointees (Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Advisers, Special Assistants and others) in the State.

"The congress also discussed the safety of its members with special spotlight on the recent abduction and release of The First News editor, Segun Olatunji by the Nigeria Military. 

"The Congress however lauded the timely intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, Nigeria Union of Journalists President, Chris Isiguzo, International Press Institute, Nigeria Guild of Editors and other stakeholders who facilitated Olatunji’s release.

"The congress is also aware of Segun Olatunji’s ordeals in the custody of the military, his claims and pains are currently been x-trayed as our position on this attempt to silence the media will be made known.

"The congress however calls on the Governor to take full charge of his administration and fulfil his promises to the council which are not limited to: the renovation of the Olusegun Osoba hall at Iwe Iroyin Press Centre, construction of a 750-Seater Ultra-Modern Hall at the NUJ Site, Leme.

Others are the appointment of two of our members; Comrade Kazeem Olowe and Comrade James Sowole, whose names have since been forwarded to the governor upon his request since August, 2023, allocation of Land for the purpose of the construction of the first ever Ogun NUJ Journalists Estate".

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