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Journalists kick against privatisation plans

02 April 2014, 18:24

Abuja - The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has opposed plans by government to commercialize state-owned media houses in the country.

NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Leman, said the union was suspicious of the hasty manner with which government plans to sell off the state owned media without proper consultation with stakeholders.

He said that the union was mindful of the need to commercialise certain government- owned media organizations to ensure optimal productivity but that it should not been done in a rush.

Leman noted that it would be reckless to commercialise the media organizations without first engaging stakeholders to a brainstorming session and chart an acceptable way forward.

He said NUJ was of the opinion that    the planned commercialization should be shelved for now until adequate consultations were made with the relevant stakeholders.

He noted that to do otherwise, was to destablise media organizations that needed better funding and modern equipment.

According to reports, government planned to commercialize such organisations as the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

– CAJ News

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