The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council on Saturday rose from its first monthly congress for the year 2020 and commended the truce between the Federal Government and the six Governors of Southwestern Nigeria over the recently launched ‘Operation Amotekun’.
Rising from their well-attended Congress of the Ademola Babalola-led NUJ administration, the Union in its communique jointly signed by Lekan Shobowale of the BCOS; Adekunle Bakare of the Correspondents’ Chapel and Dayo Ogunsola of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), the members said the development would augur well for the smooth take-off of the outfit.
At the meeting which lasted over three hours were a serving Vice President of the union, Comrade Cosmas Oni; a former National President of NUJ, Prince Lanre Ogundipe; a former Chairman in the State, Mr. Gbenga Ayoade; former Vice Chairman, Prince Segun Adeyemo and a former State Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Babalola, and Chapel leaders across nine of the existing 10 chapels.
The Oyo journalists commended the resilience and determination of the south west leaders in the face of opposition to the initiative.
The statement explained that the introduction of such measure becomes important in the region in the face of many atrocities and difficulties most especially created by some unscrupulous elements in some parts of the southwest hence the need to be proactive about the situation.
On the state of the union, members commended the efforts of the newly elected executives led by Comrade Babalola on its restoration and repositioning of the union in the last few weeks of taking over the reigns of affairs with lofty initiatives and ideas.
A special mention was the light up of the press centre and its environs; the clearing of bushes around the centre; payment of outstanding salaries owed by the former administration of Adewunmi Faniran led executive to its workers; resuscitation of the union bus and different welfarism packages for its members.
Members called on the new executives not to rest on their oars as much is expected from them.
Also, members agreed that a letter be written to the out gone chairman Faniran to submit and surrender all union property still in his possession on or before the next congress to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.