By Ngumah Isaac
May 22, 2019.
Work has commenced on the upgrading of the Secretariat of the Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The project is one of the achievements of the chairman of the council, Dr Qasim Akinreti who was elected in 2017.
Many Lagos journalists applauded the chairman for making real the initiative which was not part of his campaign promises having delivered on his manifestoes in the areas of media investment, training and retraining, recreational programmes, empowerment, welfare scheme and several interventions for members of the union.
Media practitioners who hailed the giant stride included the Chief Executive Officer of TheLead Magazine, Ajibola Abayomi; Daily Independent Senior Correspondent, Kayode Ajiboye and Kayode Muse of Lagos State Information chapel.
Ajibola described the project as “a milestone in the history of Lagos NUJ. Akinreti’s performance is a reward for excellence voting because he is a man with audacity for success in all ramifications.”
The chairman had said during the maiden Easter get-together party for Lagos journalists in April this year that, though the remodeling was not part of his campaign promises but he had to tap into it because he saw it as a possibility.
So far, Lagos State government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had supported the work with a sum of N25 million.
The secretariat was built during the tenure of Mrs Olufunke Faugba as chairman of the union in 2004.
The reconstruction will entail upgrading of the story-building to two-story building with additional offices to accommodate the 7-man exco, an ultra modern hall of 300 sitting capacity, enlarged news rooms with set of computers and new furniture, recreational bar/ restaurant and rooms for visitors and others.
The deadline for completion of the project as gathered by our reporter was six month.