By Abba – Eku Onyeka
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) to be a force that unites the country, a press release from the Minister’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Anthony Ogunleye has revealed yesterday.
Malam Bello who gave the charge when he received a delegation of the Union led by its National President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, on a courtesy visit to the FCT Administration yesterday, said in a country of over 200 million people, the NUJ could serve as a unifying force; bringing Nigerians together, even as he expressed confidence that under the present leadership, the NUJ could be that force. He therefore added that with the cooperation and support of members of the Union, especially at the FCT Council, the dream of building the FCT desired by Nigerians could be achieved.
Describing journalists in the FCT Council of the Union as partners in progress and important stakeholders in the Abuja project, a partnership which, he stressed, he does not take for granted, the Minister commended members of the NUJ for their cooperation, just as he advised them of adapting to the changes brought about by COVID 19. He however pledged the Administration’s support for the activities of the Union geared toward the welfare of its members and the unity of the country.
Earlier, the NUJ President commended the FCT Minister for building a befitting secretariat for the NUJ FCT Council and efforts in the fight against against COVID 19 pandemic.
“This dreaded disease is coming at a time when Nigeria is navigating through very difficult times. We are however happy that your efforts are having positive results and we urge the FCT Administration to evolve more result oriented ways and means of ensuring that the less privileged and the internally displaced Persons in the FCT do not suffer more than necessary,” he stated. He however assured the Minister of the continued support the NUJ, both at the national and FCT level, to ensure better and enhanced service delivery to the people.
Present at the meeting were: The SA Media to the Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Sani, Director, Information and Communication, Mrs. Stella Ojeme, Ag. Director, Reform Coordination and Service ImprovementDepartment, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, National President, National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole and Chairman, FCT Council of NUJ, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche as well as the Chairman, FCT Minister’s Press Corps, Ikharo Attah.