The Nigeria Union of Journalists has disclosed that it will soon launch its own Television Station, NUJTV which is to become operational by June, 2018.
The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade AbdulWaheed Odusile disclosed this at a Special Congress of the Kwara State Council of the Union, held at the NUJ Pen house, Ilorin during the week.
Comrade Odusile added that the Union is at the process of securing the license of the television station, while the International Institute of Journalism, IIJ, would be run as a mono-technic, and accreditation of its courses to award Higher National Diploma certificates. saying that the admission of the Institute would henceforth be done through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.
He emphasized the preparedness of his administration to create a solid financial foundation for the union through property development to make the Union self reliant.
The NUJ National President said “we are vigorously pursuing the Television project and the International Institute of Journalism projects. We want to develop NUJ properties to make the union self reliance. We are also going to lay a more solid financial ground for NUJ. The revenue base of the Union currently is shrinking, many councils and unions have not been remitting their check up dues. Only Federal ministry of Information, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria are paying their check up dues as at when due”.
” The National Secretariat is ranking about seven hundred and fifty thousand naira annually through check up dues and our wage bill is around one point five million. We’re currently owing our Secretariat staff about two months salary “, he said
Comrade Odusile, who is also the President of the Association of African Journalists lamented the financial challenges facing the Union, saying that many Councils and Chapels have not been remitting their check up dues, thus having adverse effect on the running of the National Secretariat.
Also speaking, the Lagos State Chairman of the Union, Doctor Quasim Akinreti, called for respect of the elders and the leaders of the Union, saying that they have laboured towards upholding the dignity of the noble profession.
Reacting the Kwara State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Abiodun AbdulKareem said that the visit by the National President of the Union was to honour the invitation of the International Press Institute and decided to interact with journalists in the state before leaving.
In his contribution, a former Chairman of the Union in the State, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde Akanbi, said that the Union has been enjoying relative peace since the assumption of office of Waheed Odusile’s administration and stressed the need to accord respect to the leaders of the Union as done in other professions.
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