New Year:  Isiguzo reaffirms commitment to Journalists’ welfare

New Year:  Isiguzo reaffirms commitment to Journalists’ welfare

The President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Chris Isiguzo has reaffirmed his readiness to continue to serve the union with diligence and improve on the general welfare and wellbeing of Journalists across the country.
Isiguzo made the affirmation today in his new year message to members of the Union. “Permit me to officially wish us all to a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous Year 2020. This year no doubt, will bring us new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on our lives.”
According to him, “the Year 2019 was indeed a significant one for us in our great Union in various ways and we’ve continued to keep faith with the promises we made while seeking for your mandate. I must say that gradually and steadily, our great union is regaining its pride of place in the country and beyond. Our nation-wide advocacy is yielding fruits and before long, they will begin to manifest.
“We’ve not also relented in our training programs as hundreds of Journalists have benefited while we intend to initiate more engagements that would ultimately benefit our colleagues.
“We’ll also remain unbending on the issue of championing the safety and security of journalists across the country, while also calling on the relevant authorities to release our colleagues who are still being held in different facilities over trumped up charges.
“On the lingering issue of non-payment of salaries of media workers, we’ll continue to engage with Media owners to take this issue seriously by ensuring that journalists are promptly paid as we may have to return to picketing of debtor media companies in the new year should this continue to fall on deaf ears.
“On Enhanced Media Salary Structure, we’ll sustain our engagement with the National Assembly in the New Year in our bid to ensure that our proposed Journalism Enhancement Bill (JEB), which would ultimately address some of the major foundational challenges facing the profession goes through the necessary legislative processes.
“On IIJ, it’s sad that our training institute still operates without the necessary accreditation, however, that will soon be a thing of the past as we’ve sustained our engagement with the NBTE”, Isiguzo said.
While expressing his profound gratitude to members for their support to his administration since inception, Isiguzo hoped that pending legal distractions will soon give way so that his desire to build a more formidable union where integrity and respect for ethical standards will become the order of the day is not further delayed.
“It’s New Year and the best time to renew our dictionary of life. We must remove words like jealousy, hate, revenge, greed from your dictionary and put words like love, care, compassion, honesty and satisfaction in their place. This will ensure that we have a great and guilt-free year ahead”, Isiguzo added.

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