By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA – In its bid to expunge fake journalists amongst its rank and file, members of the Federated Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council has set up a three-man Membership Screening Committee to assess the incoming members and also validate membership of the existing members of the Chapel.
The Membership Screening Committee include Comrade Simon Fakeye, Publisher of Razor Times Newspaper (Chairman), Comrade Oluseun Oduneye, Publisher of The Issues Magazine (Secretary) and Comrade ‘Bola Solate, Publisher of Public Faces Magazine (Member).
The Chairman of the Chapel, Comrade AbuSatar Hamed, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the monthly Congress of the chapel, held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe-Irohin, Okelewo, Abeokuta.
During the congress, the house agreed that one Jide Osoba who claimed to be a reporter for National Standard Newspaper should not be considered as a member of the chapel since he is not the Publisher of the medium.
On the issue Gafar Babalola of Oxigist online medium, the congress asked him to obtain a membership form and ready to face the screening committee.
The congress however reiterated its stand on the constitution of NUJ that states that before anyone could be a member of the chapel, he or she must be a qualified journalist, and also be the publisher or editor of a community newspaper, backed by online platform that is based in Ogun State.
The meeting had in attendance, Mr. AbuSatar Hamed of the StarTrend Int’l Magazine, Mr. Akinola Akindele (Paramount Magazine), Mr. Adekunle Omobolaji (News Circle Magazine), Mr. Jaji Olamilekan (Infolite Magazine), Mr. Leke Ogunleye (Community Watch Magazine), Mr. Oluseun Oduneye (The Issues Magazine), Mr. Victor Osokoya (Gateway Echo Newspaper), Mr. Simon Fakeye (Razor Times), Mr. Dayo Rufai (Gateway Times Magazine), Mr. Juwon Opayemi (The Reflection Magazine) abd Mr. Dada Olaonipekun (Prestige Newspaper) among others.