The Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Ondo State Council, has commended the State Government for bringing back on air the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC).
The Union appealed to the government and the management to justify the eight months closure of the Station by investing on the corporation’s facilities and promote professionalism.
This formed part of resolutions in a communiqué at the end of the november congress of State Council, held yesterday at the Press Centre, Alagbaka Akure.
The communiqué signed by Olusola Alatise, Wale Obanigba, Tope Fayehun and Leke Adegbite, the General Secretary of the union however expressed dissatisfaction over non inclusion of journalists among the 15 Permanent Secretaries sworn in yesterday by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The Union described this as saddening despite what it called many competent and qualified journalists in the service of the state government in OSRC and the state Ministry of Information.
The Congress charged Governor Akeredolu to address this alleged long term ‘injustice’ to journalism profession in the state.
The Union all called for proper use of the Paris Club debt refund for the payment of accumulated workers’ salary arrears as directed by President Buhari.
While commending the State government for retaining free education in its primary and secondary schools, the Union urged the government to critically re-examine its decision to stop payment of SSCE fee of students in the interest of the indigent children.
The Congress called on elders of the union to intervene ‘meaningfully’ to reconcile members who were aggrieved over the emergence of new State Officers in the overall interest the Union.
The Union also rejected in totality a call by Senator representing Bayelsa Central, Ben Bruce for the selling of all the Federal government media agencies (NTA, FRCN & VON), describing such as wicked and targeted at mass retrenchment of media workers.
” The Union urges President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the unholy call and instead the government should embark on adequate funding of the media organizations like BBC and VOA are enjoying from US and UK government. ” The Communiqué read