Borno NUJ Crises Takes New Turn As Union Denies selling part of its Plot

By: Ali Musa Biu- Naiduguri.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has denied selling in any part of the plot allocated to it by the Borno State government to anybody or group of persons.

A communique issued at the end of an emergency Congress of Borno State council on Monday signed by Zare Baba and Sulaiman Gimba zonal Vice President and Secretary respectively urged the general public who were deceived into buying any part of the land belonging to the union in Maiduguri to collect back their money from person or person’s they gave such money to.

The Congress was held at the instance of the Zonal Vice President and the Zonal Secretary to brief members on the outcome of an extra ordinary meeting held with the embattled council chairman, the Secretary and the Auditor, on the prolong controversy surrounding the sales of a portion of NUJ plot of land in Maiduguri-Borno State by the chairman and two other officers, which led to the resignation of four members of the Exco.

The meeting also sought to ratify earlier decisions reached over the matter, the communique noted, stating further that, “at no time did the NUJ Borno Council entered into negotiation to sell its plot of land to any body.

“That as far as the NUJ is concerned, the plot of land allocated to it by the Borno State government is still intact and every effort should be made to secure it.

“That the alleged sale and sub-division of the land was unilaterally and surreptitiously carried out by the same officials of the council and as such is null and void.

“That monies alleged to have been collected by the former chairman of the council on the said land was not paid in to NUJ account, rather in his personal account and shared among the officials as such, it should immediately be returned to the owner.

“That for peace and stability of the council, the chairman, secretary and the auditor have voluntarily resigned their positions.

“That the four officers who purportedly resigned have withdrawn their resignations and are back to the council to move the union forward.

“That the Vice Chairman who now stepped in as Acting Chairman should appoint two Ex-officio members to serve in the Council.

“That the Exco should immediately constitute a development committee to handle issues surrounding the said plot of land.

“That the Council should immediately pay the Ground Rent to the Borno State Geographical Information System (BOGIS) in order to secure the land.”

Media Urged To Report Issues On HIV/AIDS

 

By Our Reporter

Media practitioners in the South-South region have been urged to continue to give visibility to HIV/AIDS in their reportage particularly as there are many competing health issues in the country.

South-South Zonal Coordinator of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Dr Uduak Daniel came out with this during a two day refresher training held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Dr Uduak Daniel noted that the media serves as a veritable tool to positively influence public opinion on HIV/AIDS which would help to achieve epidemic control.

” Despite all other public health issues such as COVID-19, HIV/AIDS is still a part of us and we need to bring it to the limelight again so that we can continue to find ways to reduce it’s prevalence especially in the South-South where it is quite high” she added.

While delivering a lecture on “The Media: Social and Behavioral Change” Mr Fayman Omini noted that media practitioners should be intentional in their reportage inorder to achieve attitudinal change in their specific audience.

Mr Omini who also highlighted the role of the media in advocacy explained that advocacy should be organized and based on research to achieve set objectives.

He urged the media to utilize the knowledge acquired from the training to improve their programs, features and other reportage.

On her part, Chairperson of the South-South HIV Media Advocacy Group, Mrs Sogbegba Dokubo who spoke on behalf of the participants appreciated the management and resources persons from the NACA South-South Zonal Office for organizing a refresher training.

Mrs. Dokubo called on all participants to use their media platforms to publicize stories and programs on HIV that would change the negative narrative in the South-South as well as to bring policy makers accountable in the provision of HIV services.

Kaduna NUJ commiserates with Freedom Radio over fire disaster

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, on Monday, commiserated with the management of Freedom Radio Kaduna over Sunday’s fire incident that destroyed offices and other valuables in the station.

In a statement issued on Monday by the state NUJ Secretary, Femi Adi, the union expressed sadness over the incident.

“The council appeal to the Management to take preventive measures and get all necessary fire fighting equipment to avoid future occurrence.”

It however noted that the fire, which started from the station’s inverter room, had not affected the transmission of the station’s programmes.

The fire affected the station’s engineering room, marketing and security offices, conference hall and drivers room.