By Ajibola Abayomi,
January 21, 2018.
The General Manager of Lagos Radio/Eko FM, Mrs Ayomide Sotonwa has urged the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Dr Qasim Akinreti to forge ahead with his programmes for Journalists in the state particularly in the area of training.
The elated GM made the comment at her office on Friday when the leadership of the Union led by Dr Akinreti paid her management a courtesy visit.
After listening to the submission of the chairman, she said, “Dr Akinreti, please continue to lead us in the good direction. We are impressed your initiatives within this short period particularly in the areas of training and NUJ land matters. Our members in Radio Lagos/Eko FM and others will benefit from the training. It is important.
“I heard several things during the campaign and last year when you were elected. I was happy the way the election went your way because it was the reflection of the wishes of Lagos Journalists. I congratulate you on that. I promise to give you all the necessary supports you require to succeed with my team.
The chairman was accompanied by his Vice, Mrs Abiola Bekly, the treasurer, Mrs Iyabo Adejuyigbe, Chairman of Nigeria Association Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Alhaja Sekinat Lawal, ex-officio member, Mrs Iyabo Eri and other senior members of the Union.
Akinreti who seized the oppourtunity to brief the management on activities of the Union since his assumption of office in September 2017 said, “although we met a challenging situation but we are forging ahead. We had organised three different trainings for our members so far and more are on the way.
“It is also interesting to let you that we had submitted proposal on the new architecture design to face lift the Lagos NUJ Secretariat to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode through the Commissioner for Information and Strategic, Honorable Kehinde Bamgbetan. It is our hope that in due course that will receive attention.
“Various complaints of our members on NUJ land and proposed estate are receiving attention from committees we have constituted. We have also inaugurated other committees.
“For those that campaigned against us that we were going to stop social activities at the council, I am happy to let you know that in December 2017, the Lagos NUJ Social Committee organised a gyration nite at the council and through that we have been able to prove those who believe otherwise wrong by letting them know that the council is for all.
“The only thing I said was that I will not commit the NUJ’s funds to frivolities and that I will maintain. I won’t use the NUJ money to buy drinks for members but our people are free to drink with their personal money at the council bar.
“Our members contributed N20.7 million for perimeter fencing during the last administration and we are looking at the books on that and other issues. By the next congress Committees saddled with fact findings responsibility will table their report before the congress.”
Akinreti also hinted the council had held talks with those in charge of the on-going Lagos homes project with the intention of enlisting Journalists to benefit from the housing scheme of Governor Ambode.
The chairman promised to carry along every member of the Union in his future programmes. Ayo Ilori who spoke for Radio Lagos/Eko FM Chapel thanked the NUJ team for the visit.