NUJ Warns El-Rufai Against Dividing It’s Members

NUJ Warns El-Rufai Against Dividing It’s Members

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By ALEX UANGBAOJE ‎

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has warned the Kaduna State government against an attempt to cause division among its members. 

The Union said, on Tuesday  in a communique issued  after it state council congress signed by the council secretary, Dominic Uzu, that the government is deploying a divide and rule system in order to polarise journalists in the state.

This is coming some days after the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to governor Nasir El-Rufa, Samuel Aruwan threatened journalists during the Northern States Governors Forum meeting in Kaduna that ‎hence forth coverage of NSGF meetings will be limited to few selected journalists. 

According to the NUJ, ‎”‎in case it goes ahead on issue of preventing journalists from covering major assignment such as governors forum meeting, the council will not hesitate to boycott such assignment.‎”

They ‎commended the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima for his magnanimity and warm reception accorded journalists  during  the 19 Northern States Governors forum  meeting held in Kaduna recently and directed that a letter of commendation be written to acknowledge  the kind gesture.

The council lauded the NSGF over its resolve to end insurgency, tackle poverty ,illiteracy  as well as reposition the north, Urging governor Shettima to consolidate on the success achieved during the last meeting held on Kaduna‎.

The NUJ also t‎hank the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, (KRPC) ,Senator Shehu Sani and Senator Danjuma La’ah for their invaluable contributions and support rendered to the union during the Abuja delegates conference.‎‎

‎ The council refuted speculation making rounds that the council exco hijacked Hajj seat and distributed to cronies are  unfounded and should be disregarded. It therefore stressed that council did not receive Hajj or Jerusalem seat from Kaduna state government this year, but gathered that some members benefited such seat directly from the state  government.

‎On the upcoming elections of the council, the congress agreed that the elections should unfailingly be conducted in December  to avoid violation of  the NUJ constitution.‎‎

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