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NUJ urges Nigerians, media Organisations, to be wary of fake videos



Mr Alhassan Yahaya, Zone E Vice-President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has advised Nigerians to desist from sharing fake videos and stories that could threaten the prevailing peace in the country.

Yahaya gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Gombe, following the recent trend of sharing fake videos on social media.

“As citizens we have to be proactive; we have to know that we are custodians of society. We have to be very  factual in our operations as a people.

“ It is our collective responsibility to defend the country in anyway possible because fake videos and news will not do any good to any country,” he said.

Yahaya lamented that just few days ago, a story was shared that a train was attacked on its way to Kaduna by bandits, adding that the story was first published by that organization in 2018 and we are now in 2019.

While agreed that sanctions should be meted out on any organisation that was misleading the society and trying to create confusion.

“The issue is now very common and the NUJ is trying to scritinise reputable online organisations with a view to adopting them as members of NUJ.

“But unfortunately, there are certain organizations that some people thought they are reputable but are involved in sharing gory pictures and fake videos, stories and so on,’’ he said.

He stressed the need for media houses in Nigeria to upgrade their software so that once a story was trending on social media, they could use the software to verify if the story was true or fake.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on Sept. 5 at a news conference in Abuja, urged Nigerians circulating fake videos to desist from doing so.


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Ibadan high chief, ex-Oyo NUJ boss felicitate with Alao-Akala at 70



The Osi Bashorun of Ibadanland, Dr Azeez Adeduntan and Mr Gbenga Opadotun, a former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council, have congratulated former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala on his 70th birthday.

The duo in their separate congratulatory messages made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, commended Alao-Akala for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor and APC chieftain clocked 70 years on June 3.

Adeduntan in his message, congratulated Alao-Akala for his many years of outstanding achievements in the service of the pacesetter state which had endeared him so much to the heart of many residents.

The former APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election said that Alao-Akala left behind legacies of excellence while at the helm of affairs in the Nigeria Police Force and as Oyo State governor.

I admire Otunba Alao-Akala for his pragmatism in politics, native intelligence, ability not to be taken as a fool easily, ability to always have an entry and exit strategy in any political party he joins without packing all his eggs in one basket,” he said.

He lauded Alao-Akala’s forthrightness, patriotism and passion in working for the good of the state, country and humanity which would continue to stand him out as a resourceful manager, exemplary leader and patriot.

Adeduntan, also urged the former governor to remain steadfast in love and loyalty to Nigeria.

He urged him to use his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to contribute more to the development of the state through mentoring of young leaders.

“On behalf of my family and supporters, I hereby join the family, friends and associates of the former governor in celebrating this important milestone and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.

Opadotun in his message, described Alao-Akala as a generous, humble and kind-hearted Nigerian who contributed immensely to the development of Oyo State and Nigeria.

The former NUJ chairman said that Alao-Akala exhibited high level of generousity and humility as a police officer, local government chairman and governor.

He recalled how he secured a bus for the state council of NUJ from Alao-Akala as governor in a lovely atmosphere with the likes of Dapo Falade, Alaba Igbaroola and Kolapo Carew.

“I told Alao-Akala every day that I was in his house to thank him for allowing a level-playing ground during the election and to solicit support for the NUJ as we are confronted with myriad of challenges, one of which is transportation.

Alao-Akala, then the governor asked if I also want to be ‘Oyato’ like he was popularly known as ‘Oyato Governor’ meaning a different governor. I quickly replied, Yes Sir.

“He told me that as soon as the buses they ordered were delivered, NUJ would get one. That was how the bus we are still using till date was donated by the former governor.

“The donation of the new 14-seater Hummer bus was one of the several support of Alao-Akala to journalism and the union in the state,” he said.

Opadotun said that he hoped that the incumbent, Gov. Seyi Makinde would donate another one as the old bus had seen better days.

“As you clock 70 years of age today, I pray that it pleases the Almighty God to bless the remaining years with good health, sound frame of mind and His peace.

“I also rejoice with my Mama, Chief (Mrs) Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, on this great celebration. She has been a source of strength, courage and love over the years to her darling heartthrob.

“She exhibited a high level of support to the celebrant,” he said.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Gov Masari mourns Katsina NUJ scribe



Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina State has expressed sorrow over the death of the Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Katsina State Council, Alhaji Aliyu Yunusa Kofarsoro.

In a statement on Sunday in Katsina by Adbu Labaran, his Director-General on Media, Mr Abdu Labaran, Masari said that the state has lost “a very vibrant, dynamic and up-and-coming journalist in the prime of his life and profession”.

The governor described the deceased as having endearing attributes that should form part of the character traits of professional communicators.

He urged journalists in the state to borrow a leaf from the late NUJ scribe, by showing total love and commitment to their professional calling.

Masari condoled the Katsina State NUJ Council, the management and the staff of the Katsina State Television (KTTV) and the immediate family of the deceased.

He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased his sins and rest him in paradise as well as give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yunusa-Kofarsoro died on Saturday in Katsina after a brief illness, at the age of 48.

He was survived by a wife and six children.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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MURIC condoles with NUJ over Bakare’s death



The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) has commiserated with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of Mr Waheed Bakare, the Editor of New Telegraph Newspapers.
MURIC Public Relations Officer,  Mr Shefiu Ayorinde said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, describing the deceased as honest and hardworking fellow.
“We are saddened by the sudden death of Waheed Bakare.
”He was an amiable fellow, humble, honest and God-fearing who was very passionate about his job and committed to the course of humanity.
“Our sympathy goes to the NUJ, Waheed Bakare was a sunset at noon during his lifetime, we feel your pain.
MURIC therefore appealed to the NUJ to ensure that families of their fallen colleagues, including Bakare, are not abandoned to their fate.
“We pray that Almighty Allah forgive the deceased’s shortcomings and grant him Al-Jannah firdaus.
”May almighty Allah give his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Eid-El Fitri: Oyo NUJ urges Muslims to sustain perseverance, sacrifice, love



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, has called on Muslims to sustain the principles of perseverance, sacrifice, love, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence, which they exhibited during Ramadan.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the state NUJ Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola, and the Secretary, Mr Olusola Oladapo, on Sunday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muslims across the world on Sunday celebrated the 1441A.H. Eid-El Fitri amidst the coronavirus global pandemic.
It also urged members to pray fervently and work very hard towards halting the further spread of the virus.
According to the union, members should remain steadfast in prayers and uphold professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities.
It further urged them to extend all the Islamic principles beyond Ramadan, praying Allah to accept their supplications and reward them abundantly.
The union, however, called on government to put more efforts in the fight against the pandemic, considering its effects on the country’s economy.
“As we felicitate Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan 1441 A.H., we are not unmindful of the economic effect of the pandemic on our members as frontline workers.
“Part of the effect of the pandemic was the sack of some of our members. Those who are not sacked have been sent on compulsory leave, while many have had their salaries cut.
“This is indeed a trying time that calls for fervent prayers and concerted efforts on the part of the authorities,” NUJ said.
It called on media owners to have a rethink, particularly on the arbitrary sack of journalists.
The union also appealed to government to support media organisations with stimulus packages to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
It promised to continue to exhibit strong commitment to members’ welfare and encourage professionalism at all times.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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NUJ commiserates with Gov. Wike over media aide’s death



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers Council, on Monday commiserated with Gov. Nyesom Wike over the death of his media aide, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

In a statement jointly signed by the council Chairman, Stanley Job and the Secretary, Ike Wigodo, the NUJ described Nwakaudu’s death as shocking and painful.

It said that Nwakaudu, who served as the governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, was a loyal and dutiful media aide.

“The NUJ commiserates with Gov. Wike and the family of Nwakaudu over the untimely loss of their beloved one.

“Nwakaudu was a loyal, hard working and dedicated aide, who helped to publicise government programmes in no small measure.

“We pray God Almighty to give the governor and the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear the loss,” the NUJ said.

NAN reports that a government statement announced that Nwakaudu died on Sunday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), after a brief illness.

Nwakaudu was appointed a media aide to Wike in 2015.

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Oyo ALGON, NUJ condole Makinde over commissioner’s death



The Oyo State Chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have commiserated with Gov. Seyi Makinde on the death of the state Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola.
The two bodies, in their separate statements, made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan, described Ayoola’s death as untimely and shocking.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ayoola, a former Speaker of the State Assembly, died during a brief illness.
The ALGON, in its statement signed by the Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, described the death of Ayoola as “too shocking to believe.
“What an unexpected transition of a complete gentleman, intellectual in politics, role model and bridge builder, who saw his participation in politics as a selfless service to advance the cause of humanity.
“As a speaker then, he brought elegance, purposefulness and sense of duty into the House of Assembly, in terms of debates, public interest bills and oversight functions.
“The late Ayoola maintained elegance in politics, with eyes on his goals rather than being crude or belligerent.
“He went for politics of issues, development, friendship and unity in diversity,” the statement said.
ALGON further said that the late commissioner was never a street fighter for power or ambition, but a cerebral promoter of politics without bitterness, with the masses at the centre-piece of his political philosophy.
“Even when he disagreed with you or erred on any issue, you would know that he was being human and that he meant no harm.
“The late Ayoola was the most-recognised intellectual face of the Seyi Makinde-led government, with experience, dynamism and charisma.
“We commiserate with the Oyo State Government, the family and friends of the deceased and all the good people of our pacesetter state.
“We all should take solace in the fact that life is not measured by his duration only but also, by its donation. By donating his life for common good, Ayoola’s life, although short, was long in indelible service to the people of Oyo State.
“He shall be greatly missed and remembered.”
Also, the NUJ, in its statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Ademola Babalola and the Secretary, Sola Oladapo, described Ayoola’s death as shocking.
The union urged the governor to take heart and be consoled by the fact that the late former speaker lived a life worthy of emulation.
According to NUJ, “Ayoola was a vibrant, enigmatic, resourceful, diligent and cerebral politician whose demise is death too many for the pacesetter state.
“He will be sorely missed as a member of Makinde’s think- tank. He was a fine gentleman and encyclopedia of Oyo politics since the reign of the late Chief Bola Ige.”
NUJ condoled with the governor, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, family, friends and political associates of the late commissioner, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: Oyo NUJ seeks Makinde’s support to avert journalists’ retrenchment 



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has urged Gov. Seyi Makinde to assist media houses and journalists in cushioning the economic effects of COVID-19 to avert retrenchments.

The union also appealed to  management of all media houses in the state not to lay off their staff in the aftermath of the corona virus pandemic.

Mr Ademola Babalola, NUJ Chairman in the state, told newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan that the union was not happy with the alleged planned retrenchment  of colleagues across media houses.

“We are not happy with the information we are getting from our colleagues across media houses in the state,” the NUJ chairman said.

Babalola urged the governor to assist the media with stimulus packages to bring succour at this period of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want the governor to assist media houses through stimulus packages to enable them retain our colleagues.

“This support will also mitigate the challenge of misinformation and misconceptions in the society as well as happenings in the world on  Coronavirus,” he said.

The chairman described journalists as frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they deserved some form of palliatives from government and other well meaning Nigerians.

He reminded the governor of his promise to assist journalists in the state during a radio programme in Ibadan recently.

The chairman appealed to media owners not to send journalists packing from their jobs, saying such action would further affect their livelihoods at this pandemic period.

“We pray that this pandemic will be a thing of the past and the economy will be buoyant again,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Oyo NUJ fumigates Secretariat against spread of COVID-19



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, says it has fumigated its secretariat in Ibadan as part of the efforts to protect members from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mr Ademola Babalola, the State NUJ Chairman, said that the fumigation exercise was necessary to protect the environment and members from the spread of COVID-19, which might have been brought into the premises unknowingly.

“Against that background, we felt that in doing that assignment, sourcing for news here and there, we might have unknowingly brought that virus to this environment.

“Apart from journalists working in this secretariat, we also have some visitors who on daily basis come here to do one thing or the other in the NUJ premises.

“We feel that there is need for us to fumigate the environment to make sure that we are able to drive away any virus that may be lurking around to affect or afflict our colleagues,” Babalola said.

He called on media owners and other corporate organisations in the state to fumigate their premises.

The NUJ chairman said that the union was ready to assist them in securing the services of the company at reasonable amount.

“We are happy that Active Partners has been licenced by the state government to go about all the nooks and crannies of the state to offer this service of fumigation to people of the state at reasonable amount of money.

“I want to use this medium to advise media owners and other corporate organisations to liaise with NUJ,” he said.

Also, Mr Kazeem Lamidi, a Consultant with Active Partners, said the company had put in place standard materials and machineries in place to fumigate institutions against the virus.

COVID-19 is a pandemic, so everybody needs to collaborate to support government efforts. So, in our own little way, we decided to come in as professionals.

“We are chemical and fumigation company in Nigeria. With our little professional advice, we can subside the effect of COVID-19 in Oyo State,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fumigation was carried out on Wednesday at the secretariat in Ibadan by Active Partners Consultants ,a chemical and fumigation company.

NAN reports that the union secretariat which was locked down on Wednesday for the fumigation exercise will reopen on Thursday.

The union, after the fumigation, was issued a certificate by the Federal Ministry of Environment.

Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID 19: SWAN donates face masks to NUJ in Bauchi



The Sports Writers Association of  Nigeria (SWAN)  Bauchi State chapter,  on Monday, donated  200 pieces of face masks to the Nigeria Union  of  Journalists (NUJ) in the state.

Presenting the items, Secretary of SWAN in the state, Mahmoud Yakub, said the face masks were the contribution of the association to the state council of the union  to assist in  curtailing the spread of COVID 19.

While commending the efforts of journalists in the educating and enlightening the people, he urged them to stay safe while discharging their duties.

According to him, journalists, as  frontliners  in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, need to equip themselves with items such as face masks for  protection.

Receiving the items,  Chairman, Caretaker Committee, NUJ Bauchi, Mr Nasiru Kobi, lauded the initiative of SWAN as an affiliate of NUJ.

The chairman advised members of the pen profession to stay safe by taking precautionary measures against contracting COVID – 19.

The News Agency of Nigeria  recalls  that a journalist  recently tested positive to the virus in Bauchi state.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)


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