NUJ President prioritises Journalism Enhancement Bill (JEB), promises more training opportunities

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NUJ President, Chris-Usiguzor

The National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Chris Isiguzo, in his new year message has reaffirmed his commitment to a better administration.

Isiguzo declared that the Union under his leadership will not leave any stone unturned in a bid to ensure that the proposed Journalism Enhancement Bill (JEB), which would ultimately address some of the major foundational challenges facing the profession goes through the necessary legislative processes.

Earlier in the speech, the President had promised that more members will be given training opportunities in addition to hundreds trained in 2019.

He nevertheless charged members to always stick to the ethical standards of the profession as he is bent on ensuring that code of ethics becomes the order of the day.

Isiguzo didn’t minced words when he declared that the Union will have no option than picketing the owners of media houses who continue to owe members salaries.

He however assured members that IIJ will soon become an accredited training institute as the Union since his resumption of office has sustained engagement with the NBTE, adding that well being and welfare of members will be properly taking care of by his administration.

“Distinguished Colleagues, Welcome to Year 2020,

“Permit me to officially wish us all to a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous Year 2020. This year no doubt, will bring us new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on our lives. 

“Though, everything about the future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure that God had already planned all our tomorrows, we just have to trust him today and always.

“I want to first express my profound gratitude to you all for your support to our administration since inception.
The Year 2019 was indeed a significant one for us in our Great Union in various ways and we’ve continued to keep faith with the promises we made while seeking for your mandate. I must say that gradually and steadily, our great union is regaining its pride of place in the country and beyond. Our nation-wide advocacy is yielding fruits and before long, they will begin to manifest.

“We’ve not also relented in our training programs as hundreds of journalists have benefited while we intend to initiate more engagements that would ultimately benefit our colleagues.

“It is our hope that pending legal distractions will soon give way so that our desire to build a more formidable union where integrity and respect for ethical standards will become the order of the day is not further delayed.

“We’ll also remain unbending on the issue of championing the safety and security of journalists across the country, while also calling on the relevant authorities to release our colleagues who are still being held in different facilities over trumped up charges.

“On the lingering issue of non-payment of salaries of media workers, we’ll continue to engage with Media owners to take this issue seriously by ensuring that journalists are promptly paid as we may have to return to picketing of debtor media companies in the new year should this continue to fall on deaf ears.

“On Enhanced Media Salary Structure, we’ll sustain our engagement with the National Assembly in the New Year in our bid to ensure that our proposed Journalism Enhancement Bill (JEB), which would ultimately address some of the major foundational challenges facing the profession goes through the necessary legislative processes.

“On IIJ, it’s sad that our training institute still operates without the necessary accreditation, however, that will soon be a thing of the past as we’ve sustained our engagement with the NBTE.

“It’s New Year and the best time to renew our dictionary of life. We must remove words like jealousy, hate, revenge, greed from your dictionary and put words like love, care, compassion, honesty and satisfaction in their place. This will ensure that we have a great and guilt-free year ahead.

“All in all, I wish to reaffirm my readiness to continue to serve our union with diligence and by God’s Grace, the general welfare and wellbeing of journalists across the country will remain uppermost in our hearts.

“Once again, Welcome to a year of Increased Productivity”, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, NUJ President stated.

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