Ogun NUJ bows to Gov Abiodun, rescinds decision to blacklist govt's activities

Gov Dapo Abiodun

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council has rescinded its congress' earlier stance as contained in its communique issued at the end of the March edition of its monthly congress to blacklist coverage of events of appointees of the Ogun State Government. 

Great Achiever Magazine reports that Ogun NUJ, in a press release signed by the Council Chairman, Wale Olanrewaju and the Secretary, Bunmi Adigun, said, "The Union wishes to clarify that the said communique was not to jeopardize the image and goodwill of government or severely undermine the strong media bonding the Union has shared with it, but actually meant to remind and appeal to the governor on various promises he made, as they affect the welfare and well-being of journalists, when he visited the Iwe Iroyin Press Centre in August, 2023.

"Understanding the crucial statutory roles of the press to keep the public informed about the activities, programmes and policies of the government, and as well shining a light on important issues as they affect the society, the Union acknowledges that prompt rescission of the earlier decision remains sacrosanct, believing that it is through press that a transparent and functioning democracy can be achieved".

The Council said it is important to emphasize that Prince Dapo Abiodun has been a media friendly Governor, who has greatly demonstrated unequaled commitment to promoting a free press and unwavering resolve to developing journalists through various support mechanism. "To this, he has shown greater zeal not to break the bond between him and the Union within the short period of time a rapprochement was achieved".

The Union noted that, having done all needed consultations and interfacing, has come to realise that government has not reneged on its promises to journalists, as it has kept its words with the populace, but ambiguous feedback informed the Union's earlier decision. 

"The Union therefore wishes to state unequivocally, that it remains grateful and appreciative of the Governor's gestures to the Union under the leadership of Comrade 'Wale Olanrewaju".

Consequently, Governor Dapo Abiodun was assured of the Council's renewed commitment and efforts at ensuring that the 'Building Our Future Together' agenda of his administration succeeds, directing that members should be dedicated to objective reporting and keep the public well informed in advancing "our democracy and ensuring transparency and fulfillment of commitments made to the people of our dear State".

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