NUJ Presidential Aspirant Promises Special Media Salary, Professionalism


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Alhaji Waheed Odusile, an aspirant for the Office of the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has promised to push for a special salary structure for journalists, if elected.
Odusile said this on Monday during a campaign visit to the Lagos Office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He pointed out that unlike other employees in other sectors, journalists worked for more hours and hardly had any free time to themselves but were still paid the same or even less than other workers.
The NUJ presidential aspirant urged media proprietors to endeavour to adequately compensate journalists for their commitment and sacrifices, hence the need for a special salary structure for them.
Odusile also noted the need to control and regulate journalism in the country for more professionalism and better output by journalists.
“Journalism is not an all-comers affair and if we do not control and regulate ourselves, we will not make progress.
“If a journalist is properly trained and certified, he will not write lies and falsehood or put the profession into disrepute by soliciting for gratification from people,’’ he said.
Odusile said there was need for special and proper training of journalists, as well as anybody who wanted to practise the profession, in order to get the best out of them.
The NUJ presidential aspirant, who is currently the Managing Editor of The Nation newspapers and a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), also proposed to seek for a radio license for the NUJ, if elected.
He said this would earn more revenue for the union, limit its over-dependence on government for funds and support and aid in the training of NUJ members all over the country.
Odusile also pledged not to disappoint, if elected.
He was accompanied by the Lagos State Chairman of the NUJ, Mr Deji Elumoye; the secretary, Mrs Bimbo Oyetunde; the treasurer, Mrs Kehinde Ajayi and an ex-officio member, Mr Ben Ibe.
Elumoye stated the need for the Lagos Council of the union, being the state with the largest membership of the NUJ, to once again produce national leaders for the union after a fairly long time.
He recalled that since the tenure of the last president of the NUJ from Lagos, Alhaji Ladi Lawal, Lagos had not led the union at the national level and called for all to support Odusile’s bid.
He also called for support for the re-election of Mr Adeleye Ajayi, an Assistant Editor-in-Chief with NAN, as the National Financial Secretary of the NUJ, stressing that Lagos had already adopted both candidates as their representatives in the union’s elections scheduled to hold in Abuja from July 23 to July 25.
Elumoye urged journalists all over the country to support the council’s candidates.
The Chairman of the NAN chapter of the NUJ, Mr Tayo Ikujuni, thanked the visitors and promised the chapel’s support for the candidates. 


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