By Ajibola Abayomi,
October 2, 2018.
The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abdulwaheed Odusile has singled out Nestle Nigeria Plc as one of dedicated companies promoting excellence in the Nigerian media.
The Union boss made the assertion while reeling out his programmes for Journalists during September congress of the Lagos Council NUJ held on Saturday at the secretariat of the Union at Iyalla.
The congress took a new dimension as the chairman; Dr Qasim Akinreti listed parts of the achievements of his administration one year after assuming office.
Ranging from media investment, training and retraining for journalists, welfare package, accountability based on integrity, the list was endless as several institutions hailed the Lagos NUJ’s several initiatives under Akinreti.
Reputable institutions like University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnics and others across the southwest were represented.
One of main interventions that really swept participants at the occasion off their feats was the collaboration between the Lagos NUJ and Nestle that has led to sponsorship of Nutrition Award for Journalists at the DAME Media Awards to be sponsored by the company.
Months ago, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestle, Mrs Victoria Uwadoka, had told Lagos Journalists that the company had engaged 41, 600 farmers to create employment opportunities and strengthened the food chain in the country.
Further corroborating the position of the company, she said Nestle considered media as very important stakeholder in the economy and would continue to celebrate media excellence.
Odusile praised the food and nutrition company for the gesture saying,:“Nestle is associated with excellence and we thank you for this partnership. It is another oppourtunity to encourage dedicated journalists covering nutrition.
“Nestle has capacity. The contribution of the company to quality nutrition for Nigerians is second to none. You people have proved beyond reasonable doubt that your products are germane to healthier living in our country.”
While other presidential candidates that included Dele Atunbi, Otunba Mike Aladenika and Chris Isiguzo, were busy rehearsing their manifestoes at the occasion, Odusile reeled out some of his achievements in the last three years in style through a projector.
Apart from promising a constitution review to accommodate the dynamism in the media, he convinced the audience in style with pictorial evidences on his accomplishments he stated thus:
“Movement of the International institute of Journalism (IIJ) to permanent site at the Union Secretariat in Abuja, We have saved N10 million annual rent for the Union through that.
“It is on record that we have secured a TV licence for the establishment of Fair Press TV in Lagos coupled with registration of “Equatorial Communications Limited” as the parent company. It is the first in the annal of NUJ.
“Lagos NUJ Council has also grabbed this opportunity to also apply for a Community Radio Licence in Badagry. Badagry Local Government has alo donated office space and engineering design work is ongoing.
“Training and re- training of over 300 Journalists in Nigeria and outside the country, this has enhanced professionalism and horne the skills of our members.
“The biometric registration of Journalists is instructive as quick sign post to weed out quacks and fake Journalists in our revered profession. For us, the days of Journalists parading fake certificates are numbered as verification of professional certificates will be done before final biometric ID is received.
“Struggle for Press freedom and safety of Journalists are successes which have shown in me that you have a humane leader and an astute negotiator.
“The Union under my watch worked assiduously towards the release of Jones Abiri, Lukat Biniyat and Samuel Ogundipe. We equally declared national day impunity against Journalists. These are verifiable Facts.”