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NUJ decries harassment of Journalists as it plans 2020/2021 Press freedom day

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The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on cooperate bodies to support its efforts in ensuring a successful hosting of the 2020/2021 Press Freedom Award for collective good of all for a better Nigeria.

The NUJ President, Mr Chris Isiguzo, at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said this year’s edition would be combined with last year’s as the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown prevented the celebrations.

Isiguzo explained that the award was to celebrate the important principles of press freedom, defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

He further stated that many journalists had faced harassment, threats, physical injuries, imprisonment and even deaths in the course of discharging their legitimate duties.

He hinted that the event scheduled to hold on May 4, would honour media owners, cooperations, political and public office holders, who have actively supported press freedom in Nigeria.

The NUJ President said that no democracy could grow and flourish without a vibrant independent media that would be a catalyst for good governance and rule of law.

He indicated that the award was in seven categories, which include torch bearers awards, press freedom platform awards, corporate partners of media, corporate friend of the media, defender of press, life time achievement and distinguished friends of the press awards, respectively.

“Press freedom is an indispensable pillar in the architecture of any democracy. No democracy can thrive without citizen’s adequate access to transparent and reliable information.

“Press freedom is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions. It is a catalyst in the mobilisation of the citizenry to hold their leaders accountable as well as promotes speaking truth to power.

“It is the courage and sacrifice of these journalists that we are celebrating by organising the third and fourth editions of the 2020/2021 NUJ Press FreedomAwards,” he said.

Isiguzo said that all nomination should be sent to pressfreedomawards.nuj.org, with supporting documents and hard copies should be sent directly to the National Secretary of the NUJ.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Enentis Communications Limited, Mr Peter Ademu-Eteh, expressed delight for partnering with NUJ in delivering this programme, adding that the role of the media in promoting democracy can not be overemphasised.

“It is our belief that this little efforts we are making will contribute to the growth of democracy, to help in the participation of the citizenry and also help with national development,” he said.

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

Newsmen at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday got free donations of facemasks, and hand sanitizers from A.A Zaura foundation to help contain the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic

The founder, A.A Zaura Foundation, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim Zaura, made the donation on Thursday when he paid a solidarity visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council.

He lauded the courage and sagacity of frontline workers like journalists who make concerted effort to save lives and individuals who play strategic roles in ensuring the pandemic does not spread faster than earlier predicted by experts.

He noted that his visit to the Union which is saddled with the primary duties of managing practitioners in the field of journalism, is to know how journalists are faring and the kind of support that the Foundation can offer.

In his words, “Gentlemen of the press, it is not by accident or fate that you have found yourself in this noble profession, you were born for it and today, we are in this room attending to official engagements.

“I am glad to be in your midst because every passing moment of my life is dedicated to research and findings on what can be done to impact on others positively.

“A.A Zaura Foundation is a charity organization dedicated to supporting the needs of those who are vulnerable but aspire to be relevant amidst fading opportunities.
“It’s not going to be possible to reach and meet everyone’s need but it is possible to inspire many through a medium that is accessible for such”, he said.

He indicated that the Foundation has been involved in women and youth empowerment in Kano, Abuja and many other parts of the country.
Zaura said it will be opening its portal to students in Kano in the next few weeks to access the Foundation’s scholarship scheme and enjoy the benefits of continuing with their dream careers.

He called on other wealthy Nigerians not to wait for election time before helping others, rather, they should think about those not privileged and support them, adding that the government cannot shoulder the responsibility alone.

On his part, the NUJ FCT Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche expressed gratitude to the Foundation for finding the Union worthy of the good gesture, noting that journalists are on the frontline and his visit is helping to create awareness of how deadly the COVID-19 is.

He urged more individuals to follow suit and donate assuring that the Union will work together with the Foundation to impact Nigeria positively.

Ogbeche added that the media, especially NUJ FCT Council is solidly behind the Foundation in whatever endeavor it decides to undertake.

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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM

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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM 

The senior special Assistant to President Muhammdu Buhari on media, Garba Shehu has thrown a challenge at the Nigerian police to use its community radio to change the narrative about the menace of fake and false news in the country.Shehu spoke at the commissioning of Nigeria police radio 99.1 FM on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him,”This radio is coming at a time when fake news is a big issue in the country, big problem globally.

So if the police have a radio it means that you have a station that you can tune to and listen to only that which is right, correct and truth.

“It cannot be said that the police radio is airing fake news, it will not happen and this is the big challenge that is facing them. “When people listen to all of the other radios they will tune to the police radio in order to confirm what they have heard elsewhere, there will be no defamation, no libel, no fake news. So it is a big challenge for the operators.

He said they have capability and capability as the police cannot embark on such gigantic project without being prepared to go the hug.

According to him, “When the IG took up the mantle of leadership some of us believed that he had the best credentials. He possessed the best preparation for the job so we are not surprised with the commissioning of the Radio. 

“This radio would mark the legacy for the IG for which he would be remembered for many years to come. It is a land mark achievement.

The inspector General of Police in his address at the ocasion said when he assumed office as the 20th indigenous Inspector General of Police, he introduced some strategies to combat crimes and stabilize security across the country. 

“As part of the implementation processes, we appreciated the need to bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the people in our various communities. 

“One of these strategies is the construction and set-up of this community-based radio station the Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio which is targeted at  bringing the police closer to the people. 

“The Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio is a product of this laudable gestures and it is within the vision of our Community Policing initiative which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.”

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

“””Says, its Radio will bring the Police closer to the people
 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed A Adamu on Wednesday, commissioned the Nigeria Police Radio, 99.1FM, Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Radio, which is one of the legacy projects of the Force within the past 2 years will help bring the police closer to the people and bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the public.


 
The IGP, in his key note address, noted that the radio station will provide community-based radio broadcast services.
“It will serve as a veritable avenue for the Nigeria Police to engage, enlighten and inform the public on policing activities and other security-related matters.”
The IGP further noted that the radio station will air programs targeted at involving the citizens in the security of their localities especially on ways to spot and report crimes and other necessary steps to take in the event of a crime or security emergency.
 
The IGP thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for the unrelenting commitment of the Federal Government to the security and safety of Nigerians and the support for the Police in the enhancement of its operational capacity.
He observed that the Nigeria Police Radio 99.1FM, Abuja is a product of the laudable gesture of the Federal Government and within the vision of the Community Policing initiative of the Force which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.  
 
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the Nigeria Police for the innovative and security-enabling initiative and assured the IGP that his Ministry will continue to partner with the Nigeria Police to make useful and security-related information readily available to Nigerians.
There was also a strong parliamentary presence at the commissioning as the Deputy Senate President, represented by Dr Otive Igbuzor and the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Ajibola Basiru were in attendance. The lawmakers pledged the support of the National Assembly to the continuous reform of the Nigeria Police.
 
Also in attendance at the commissioning were members of the Force Management Team, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity – Mallam Garba Shehu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission – Dr Iganmu Onoja, Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), represented by the Director Programmes, Mrs Msurshima Kighiv, members of the diplomatic community, top brass of the military, law enforcement and the security community amongst other dignitaries.
 

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