Ibadan - Alh. Mustapha Lamidi, a
presidential candidate in the upcoming Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
delegates conference said on Monday in Ibadan that he would prioritise
journalists’ welfare if he wins the election.
Lamidi, and Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the current
National Internal Auditor of NUJ is contesting against Waheed Odusile ,Otunba
Mike Aladenika, Rotimi Obamuwagun and Dele Atunbi.
Addressing journalists at during his campaign tour of Oyo State Council of NUJ
Lamidi said his presidency would also pursue professionalism among journalists
in the country.
He said rather than see NUJ presidency as an opportunity to pursue other
personal ambitions, it would dedicate his tenure to building a vibrant union
which every journalist would be proud of.
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"My presidency in NUJ will make quackery a thing of the past. We will organise
programmes for re-training our members to keep them abreast with global best
practices in journalism”, he said.
He told the journalists that he would also work accidously to improve the
revenue base of the union in recognition of the role of funds in the successful
execution of key projects.
"In addition to ensuring prompt payment of check-off dues, I will lead the
union by talking to the authorities to address the issue of welfare in the
profession,” he said.
Earlier, Gbenga Opadotun, the Council said that only about 30 delegates would
attend the conference from Oyo due to paucity of funds.
A graduate of University of Ibadan, Lamidi at one or the other was a Kwara NUJ
Council Chairman, NUJ Zone B secretary.