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Lagos NUJ elects new executives




Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, have elected and sworn in a new executive to run the affairs of the union for the next three years.


The National Vice-President, NUJ, B Zone, Ms Ronke Samo, who presented the new council members on Thursday in Lagos, charged them to take the welfare of journalists as a priority.


Samo said that the Lagos Council’s Chairman, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, who did well in his first tenure, was returned unopposed to serve a second term.

She charged the new executives of the union to surpass whatever success was recorded in the first tenure by Ajayi.

Samo represented the National President of the union, Mr Chris Isinguzo, at the occasion,

All the executives were returned unopposed except the vice chairmanship’s position, which was keenly contested by Philip Nwosu and Iyabo Ogunjuyigbe.

Philip Nwosu polled 277 votes to secure the position while Ms Iyabo Ogunjuyigbe scored 183 votes.

Ajayi, in his acceptance speech, pledged to continue to be accountable and take the welfare of journalists more seriously in this administration

Ajayi, who described the election as a victory to everyone, said, however, that in every competition there must always be a winner.

“We are members of the same united family. I want to tell you that we are members of the same executive.

“We are not going to fall below expectation, that I can assure you.

“We have so many projects lined up and by the time we get to half of the second term we would have fulfilled all our promises,” he said.

He said that every member of the union would be carried everyone along, while the union’s books would be open for scrutiny and accountability.

According to him, accountability is going to be the watch word while capacity building and welfare of journalists will also be a priority.

Ajayi said that by January 2023, the backlog of pending benefits of members would be cleared.

The chairman said that the furnishing of the NUJ Secretariat as well as the Media Icon, an event that would honor media personalities that have contributed to the industry, would be prioritised.

“With humility, doggedness we will take the union to grater heights, with ideas coming from members and constructive criticism we will go places,” he said.

The new executive members of the union included the Secretary, Tunde Olalere; Assistant Secretary, Laide Awosanya; Auditor, Kemi Ishola; and Financial Secretary, Innocent Anaba, among others.


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie



Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.


According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.


He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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