Why NUJ lags be­hind, by for­mer pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Naz­ifi Dawud Khalid, Kano

A for­mer pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), Com­rade Muham­mad Garba, has said that the union is lag­ging be­hind other pro­fes­sional bod­ies be­cause its for­mer mem­bers who have scaled top po­si­tions in gov­ern­ments are re­luc­tant to sup­port the union.

Garba, who made the re­marks dur­ing a meet­ing or­ga­nized by the North­west Zone of the NUJ in Kano, said while for­mer mem­bers of bod­ies such as the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) reg­u­larly as­sist serv­ing mem­bers by at­tend­ing their meet­ings and sup­port­ing them, the NUJ does not en­joy such priv­i­lege.

He said there were many for­mer jour­nal­ists who be­came gov­er­nors, min­is­ters, sen­a­tors and heads of agen­cies after serv­ing in the NUJ but these pro­fes­sion­als sim­ply aban­don the union after at­tain­ing priv­i­leged sta­tus.

“It is sad that you never see one or two of these pro­fes­sion­als at any event or­ga­nized by the NUJ. So, I want to re­mind them to al­ways re­mem­ber who they were in the past so that they can as­sist mem­bers who are still strug­gling. They should re­mem­ber that they owe their po­si­tions and sta­tus to their jour­nal­is­tic ca­reer while they were mem­bers of the NUJ,” Garba who is now the Com­mis­sioner of In­for­ma­tion in Kano State, said.

Mean­while, a com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end of the meet­ing, called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­spond to calls by Ula­mas and tra­di­tional rulers in the North­west to re­lax the im­por­ta­tion of rice through the land bor­ders to bring down cost of food.

The com­mu­niqué, signed by Com­rade Yusuf Idris, Vice Pres­i­dent NUJ North­west Zone, also raised alarm on emerg­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges such as kid­nap­ping, cat­tle rustling and armed rob­bery, and called on the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to ar­rest the trend.

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