From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The National Executive Committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), has approved the suspension of the immediate past National President of its union, Waheed Odusile indefinitely.
Also suspended from the union indefinitely are Ex- Vice President Zone C, Petrus Obi, National Vice-Chairman Zone C of NAWOJ, Chibota Edozie and Ngozi Agbo for persistent anti-union activities.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of its meeting held in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Thursday which was made available to journalists.
NEC also reviewed the current situation in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN and set up a five man committee to reconcile the two factions crisis.
According to the communique NEC in session approved the employment of two additional Assistant National Secretaries and offering of contract appointment to Mr Bamidele Gbemiga, who retired as Senior Assistant National Secretary.
The committee also approved the use of centralized NUJ attendance registrar for State Councils to check sharp practices in the compilation of membership lists in States.
It frowned at some social media influences who indiscriminately masquerade as professional journalists and members of the NUJ to desist from such acts or be reported to the Police.
On the State of the Nation, the committee called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on deplorable Federal Roads across the country especially Ajaokuta – Itobe road which links the South East and South-South to the FCT.
NEC rejected in its entirety a step by the Federal Government to regulate social media operators in the country calling on the Minister of Information, Alh Lai Mohammed not to succumb to the temptation of restricting the social media which can easily lead to gagging the media.
The NEC in session equally appealed to the Federal Government, INEC, security agencies and political gladiators to ensure hitch – free electoral processes before, during and after the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa States elections.
The NEC further rejected Nigeria Governor’s Forum position that they will pay new minimum wage according to what they describe as the financial standing of their respective states and urge them to implement the Federal Government’s template as agreed upon with the NLC.
The NEC in session also commended the Federal Government for the closure of the Nation’s land borders and urge the FG to prevail on marketers and local producers not to hike prices of goods and services.
NUJ appreciated Kogi State government and the Kogi State Council of the Union for hosting the NEC in Lokoja.