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When NUJ Held NEC Meeting in Bauchi

| May 3, 2014 More

Bauch โ€” Journalists play a critical role in the governance of the country and are always reporting events about others. However, about 130 delegates of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, converged on Bauchi between April 27 and 30 to attend the National Executive meeting of the union. The NEC meeting, which was held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi, had other dignitaries in attendance, including Bauchi State government officials.

Speaking on the occasion, the Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, observed that part of the challenges confronting governance in the country is the absence of proper understanding of the place of communication in the growth and development of society.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Salihu Ibrahim Halilu, urged NUJ members to deliberate on the challenge with a view to finding ways of narrowing the gap between the government and the governed. Yuguda said his administration accords priority to information dissemination, especially in ensuring unhindered communication between the government and the people, particularly those at the grassroots, saying that it’s for this reason the government provided additional channels of communication to meet the needs of the people at the grassroots and address issues and problems pertaining to rural communities in the state. He added that the government inherited only two radio stations but now has 13 radio channels that are operating. He commended members of the NUJ, especially the NEC members for deciding to host the meeting in Bauchi despite the security challenges facing the North East region. He described the journalism profession as one of the respected professions in the world.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Information, Salihu Ibrahim Halilu, said Bauchi was proud to host the meeting of cream of professionals, who have been playing a significant role in shaping the destiny of the nation. Halilu said the operations of the 10 community radios established in the state provide an avenue for social mobilisation, as well as promote economic, cultural and religious integration within the benefitting communities. Also speaking, the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman, who is the grand patron of the NUJ, applauded journalists in the country for doing their job despite the killings, kidnappings and other security challenges. He gave kudos to journalists in the country for performing their work effectively. He charged them to always be on alert, objective, sincere in their conduct of assignment most especially in the digitalised world, saying that journalists serve as warriors of a nation as they do not dump their profession unlike other professions.

In his address, the rector of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Dr. Shu’Aibu Musa, reminded journalist in the country to defend the truth at all cost and avoid using hatre words in daily reportage.

He stressed the need for journalists need to live up to the expectation and vision of journalism profession as well as build public trust, saying “without journalists, nobody will know what is happening in this nation and nobody will check irregularities in government and other high places”. Commenting on the Association of Senior Staff Union of Polytechnics strike, Musa declared that the education sector in the country requires surgery to heal its wounds, “as I am talking to you ASUP are in Abuja protesting. I appeal to both parties – government and ASUP to see reason and agree to open our polytechnics that have been closed down for months so that our children can go back to school. Journalist should also project some of this problems to government so that it can be solved”.

Also, the national president NUJ, Malam Muhammad Garba, represented by his deputy, Mr. Rotimi Obomowagu, commended the Bauchi State government for providing conducive atmosphere to state-owned media organisations to operate as well as providing a functional NUJ secretariat that is among the best in the country.

He, therefore, called for the implementation of weigh-in allowances to journalists in the state.

In her keynote address, the vice president, Zone E of NUJ, Hajiya A’isha Ibrahim, observed the recent abduction of female students who future mothers in Borno state by Boko Haram insurgents is indeed enough for the federal government to change its apathy to the situation. She expressed worry that the captive girls are now living in most unbearable and unthinkable conditions, lamenting that a number of journalists have had to flee from Borno and Yobe states where no fewer than three journalists lost their lives, leaving behind their families to fate. She said, “As journalists, we believe it is part of our business and indeed social responsibility to remind our leaders that they should live up to their responsibilities of securing the lives and properties of their citizens”.

Aisha Ibrahim, therefore, appealed to the leaders to look at the situation with a view to proding lasting solutions to the problems, saying “it is only when leaders imagine how the captive daughters could be manhandled by their captors that they will begin to change their perception and approach to the situation, save some lives and save the country”.

In his welcome addressed, NUJ chairman, Bauchi State Council, Comrade Dahiru Garba Muhammad, commended Bauchi State government for improving the funding of state owned-media by 500 percent as well as provision of utility vehicles. Dahiru described the state government as the most formidable pillar of support to the state council.

Category: Bauchi State News

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