[wysija_form id=”1″]March 16, 2015 – At least 7 directors on level 17 in the Federal Civil Service cannot be appointed Permanent Secretaries in the service not to talk of rising to become Head of Service, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Information has said.
“Presently, we have 7 Directors from our union on grade level 17. As usual, no guarantee as at today that any of them can become a Permanent Secretary talk less of reaching the position of Head of Service. Why? No person and no circular have given us any convincing reason(s). To have a hope of becoming Permanent Secretary is to first of all convert to administrative cadre and accept demotion by a grade level. We passionately hope that the concerned authorities will seriously look into this,” the NUJ Chairman, Mrs. Adeola Lawal said at a press conference.
She maintained that journalists were good enough to attain peak positions in the civil services since journalists are agents of development
Lawal also described journalists as custodians of information that would serve as vehicle for societal development.
“The kind of impact we make in the society with the kind of written and spoken words we dish out is unrivalled by other professionals. No tool is as powerful as our pen and none can controvert the truism that there is power in the words. As a body of professionals, our job is to watch the news and tell the news; we serve as guardian and vanguard of government information management,” she noted.
She said the union has set aside as part of the week’s activities, a health screening exercise to ascertain the health status of members.
“We believe job security and productivity is hinged on good health. We cannot also talk about sustainable development without a healthy population. As we are here, the medical team from the Ministry of Health has commenced medical test for our members; we will be having hypertension/diabetes, ears, eyes, breast and cervical cancer test,” Lawal added.