- By Ajibola Abayomi,
September 17, 2018.
With series of endorse ments
for the campaign team of the President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile, indications are beginning to merge that he may have a smooth reelection into the presidency of the union.
The Director General of Odusile Campaign Organization, Dr Qasim Akinreti, the Chairman of Lagos NUJ is confident that the NUJ boss has done enough in the last three years to make him to be reelected.
Contestants for the office of NUJ President as released from the secretariat of the Union include the incumbent, Abdulwaheed Odusile, former Ondo State NUJ Chairman, Dele Atunbi, Osun State NUJ Chair, Olalere Abiodun George, Former Edo State Chairman Otunba Mike Aladenika, Chris Isiguzo, Uzaka Seiyefa and former Chairman of Abuja Council, Jacob Edi.
Before now, the book makers had predicted a tough challenge against the aspiration of Odusile.
First to blaze the trail of endorsement was The Nation newspaper, where he works as Managing Editor, followed by the State Executive Committee (SEC) of Lagos Council of NUJ also states like Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo Plateau and Kwara have all pledged their support to him.
TheLead Online investigations showed that the atmosphere was also the same in all the states Odusile’s campaign team tagged ‘Consolidation’ had visited. The states included Delta, Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers.
Parts of what has been working for the NUJ President according to the Akinreti were his commitments to the union.
Said Aknreti: “In the last three years,the Comrade Waheed Odusile administration has consolidated and repositioned our great Union in the following areas:
“Embarking on a breathtaking biometric registration of our members to finally enhance a comprehensive database of Journalists in Nigeria.
“The NUJ President moved the International Institute of Journalism, IIJ , campus from a rented apartment to the NUJ vast complex at Jahi. The first set of buildings and studios are now in place. A 3D unique iconic structure for the school and a befitting secretariat of the status of NUJ have also been submitted by consortium of Architects.
“With the astuteness and doggedness of Odusile leadership, he has ensured that the NUJ national Secretariat complex ,connected to the national grid with the procurement of a transformer through the support of the Lagos State Government. Today, the union has been saved huge expenses on diesel procurement and attendant servicing of generators.
“He has ensured that training of members locally and globally on relevant skills are given to members within the available opportunities. At the International Press Institute, IPI, conference in Abuja. He perfected arrangements for media exchange programmes with the Doha based Media group- All Jazeera and Doha media center. To the glory of God Abuja and Lagos Council Chairmen participated in the discussions.
“Establishment of media investment outlet. It is now on record that the union has secured a TV licence through the establishment of corporate media company .The TV station will be located in Lagos, with bureau across Nigeria.
“A practical demonstration of welfare of Journalism has been the engagement of media owners of payment of salaries and provision of conducive media environment. Together we have engaged some publishers and media owners.
“Instructively, the Abarenland land issue of Lagos Council is been addressed logically because the incumbent leadership in Lagos has provided the needed nexus to address the challenge with first a fact finding mission on the land which the NUJ NEC committee is finding useful.
“The last Lagos leadership and the NAWOJ failed to present the President with facts on ground because he also lost His hard earned funds to the housing scheme. I am confident this housing scheme issue will be resolved, as both the President and myself are committed to justice for subscribers.
The Lagos NUJ Chairmani further ssid that: The victory at the court and the subsequent award of damages of over N10 million by the Court on Thursday was quite remarkable.
“We applaud and salute the courage of the judiciary for standing against the detention of Jones Abiri. Indeed, the rule of law has come to stay and democratic norms has taken its pride of place.
“To us, Odusile has demonstrated quality leadership towards ensuring that Jones Abiri’s Rights were not only protected but defence and protection of Journalists as part of campaign promises in the first term were fulfilled.
“Accordingly, we urge, Nigerian Journalists especially delegates to the triennial conference to vote for Comrade Odusile for another three years.”