ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on August 17, 2023, took significant steps towards fostering unity and cohesion in anticipation of an upcoming executive election.
Acknowledging the importance of addressing internal challenges and differences among its members, the leadership of the Federated Chapel initiated a reconciliation meeting.
During this meeting, grievances were openly discussed, and common objectives were identified.
This newfound commitment within the Federated Chapel of the Ogun State NUJ highlights its dedication to upholding journalistic values while nurturing a harmonious community.
In conjunction with the reconciliation efforts, preparations are already in progress for the election of new executives.
This election presents a critical opportunity for members to choose leaders who will advocate for their rights and welfare, as well as guide the direction of the chapel’s activities.
Mr. Sina Oduntan, the convener of the meeting, emphasized the utmost importance of unity among members.
He emphasized that qualified individuals would be entitled to full membership privileges, including the right to vote and stand for election.
During the discussions, Elhadj AbuSatar Hamed, Editor of StarTrend Int’l magazine, underscored the chapel’s autonomy in determining the usage and dissemination of news stories, both within and beyond Ogun State.
He pointed out that the chapel has significantly contributed to the successes of past and present governments in Ogun State by consistently featuring government activities in members’ publications, both in print and online.
Besides, he lamented that the Ogun State government has not adequately recognized the chapel’s contributions.
In his own address, Yomi Ogunsanu, Editor of Achievers Magazine, noted that the divisive factors that have arisen from previous chapel elections caused the division amongst members.
Ogunsanu advocated for transparent campaigning and peaceful dispute resolution in the upcoming election of new exco of the chapel, envisioning a new era of collaboration.
Contributing, Prince Juwon Opayemi, Editor of The Reflection, expressed appreciation for Mr. Oduntan’s efforts in organizing the peace meeting and called for a spirit of love and understanding among members.
On his own, Mr. Dada Olanipekun, Editor of Prestige Newspaper, appealed for unity among members, recognizing the collective progress that can be achieved by respecting the incoming Executives.
While advocating for enduring peaceful coexistence among chapel members, Michael Ogunsiji, urged them to obtain copies of the new NUJ constitution and study it thoroughly.
To streamline the process, a four-person committee was appointed to work closely with the Ogun State NUJ Council Chairman in organizing an efficient election arrangement.