Admin l Sunday, November 12, 2017
IKEJA, Lagos, Nigeria – The Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ), Lagos State chapter has condemned plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to clamp down on social media.
NUJ made the condemnation in a resolution at the monthly congress of the Lagos State chapter presided over, Dr. Akinreti Qasim, Chairman of the council.
Recall that penultimate week the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC wrote to licensees to withhold internet service to about 21 online publications, including naij.com for alleged sympathy to pro-BIAFRA agitators based on complains from office of the NSA, that the affected publications were threat to national security.
To ensure that the job and interest of professional journalists are protected, congress also called on NUJ to step up training and retraining of its members on online publication in order to raise the level of professionalism and ensure operation within the ethics of the profession.
Congress resolved that it was high time the union research and champion new marketing models to aid media development so as to meet its financial obligations and commitments in the changing phase of the economy.
The NUJ was urged to set up Welfare Committee to assist Journalists facing challenges and also to liaise appropriately with management of media houses on prompt payment of salaries.
On the 2018 budgetary allocation by the Federal Government, congress frowned at the allocation of 6% of the fund to the education sector as against the 26% recommended by the United Nations, and as such advised the government to give higher percentage to the sector to engender development.
The Federal Government was challenged to come up with a stand following reactions of various states against the grazing bill in order to curtail violence between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
Committees set up to look into various crises on land matters were given up to January 2018 Congress to submit their reports to enable the Union take a position on the way forward.