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NUJ Zamfara chair debunks change of baton news, says he remains in charge

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Zanfara State  Chapter, has drawn the attention of the general public to a fake letter allegedly being circulated on social media that the NUJ Chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM Gusau has been transfered to Royal FM Sokoto.

The purported statement which was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, earlier, had announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
The statement had indicated that by the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko would serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.

The NIJ chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura
in his rebuttal of the statement  that was also made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Abuja indicated that, “In the first instance the transfer is fake or a failed attempt by saboteurs and enemies of the profession and not political Union.
“During an illegal and deceptive meeting called by Assistant Secretary of the Union, members of the Union were threatened that the state government has directed them to address them and informed them about the purported transfer and decision to pick my vice, who I have had a good working relationship with to act as chairman.

“The arranged transfer by some elements who feel my position as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council was blocking their chances to use the Union for their selfish interests to achieve their agenda has failed.

He said the fake letter being circulated by his secretary attracted the attention of concerned personalities and his humble self.

He therefore decided to set the record straight saying,
“I’m a staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria Kaduna National Station, posted to Radio Nigeria Pride FM Gusau, a dedicated staff and peace-loving with appetite and curiosity to improving the journalism profession.

“It should be noted that the management of the FRCN has realized that it was orchestrated.

“It also should be noted that nobody served me with any transfer letter, not even verbally till this moment.

“It was a senior colleague on the 3rd of February, 2021 that drew my attention to a letter being circulated on New Media platforms, addressed to me but not served, that I have been transferred to Royal FM Sokoto.
“I quickly called my General Manager to confirm and he said he was unaware of such a transfer. 
“The Council Secretary, Malam Abubakar Ahmed, also called him for confirmation but the answer from my GM was also a ‘No.’
“I later realized that it was a contract by a former DG Press Affairs, who was seen lobbying NUJ members to support his move to unseat me.
“He was seen sharing money and pleading with them to do the “needful.” This was reported to me by some good Samaritans.

“Let me make it clear that I’m still a staff of FRCN Pride FM, Gusau and the substantive Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council who was elected in March, 2019 for a tenure of 3 years or 2 tenures of six years if reelected in the next election coming up in the next 13 months.
“Even if the transfer is true, the NUJ Constitution is clear about it in Article 6 (8)(9) and I quote: “If any officer retires or becomes unemployed, he shall be allowed to continue in office for six months after which if he is still unemployed and his case is not of such that the Union is fighting for his re-instatement, he shall cease to hold office and the post shall be filled through a bye-election.” However, he indicated that the rule does not apply in cases of acts of misconduct and criminal offences.’l
“An elected officer of the union who may have to be away for a period of two years, shall resign his office.
“The vacant office shall be filled in accordance with Article 6(8) of this Constitution.
10. No member of the union shall hold any particular office.”

With all the aforementioned provisions of the NUJ Constitution, he said the desperation blinds those behind the charade from seeing the truth and justice.

“I have never been faulted either by the SWC, SEC nor the Congress for any irregularity which made them to lose focus on where to start the contract they signed with politicians to unseat me as the elected Chairman of the NUJ Zamfara state Council.

For more clarifications, our Zonal Office sent a letter to the General Manager, Pride FM Gusau suspending the earlier transfer letter circulated on Social Media platforms by some unscrupulous elements (copy attached)

Another unfortunate disgrace to the NUJ and indeed its members he said was an unethical shameful announcement of the purported transfer on Zamfara Radio for two Days despite the notice debunking the transfer that was made availlable to the Chairman and the Manager News of the Radio Station.
“Their frequent live announcements misinforming the public that I have been transferred to Sokoto and my Vice was nominated in acting capacity was unethical.
He called on the National Broadcasting Commission; Nigeria Press Council; Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders as well as all well wishers of the NUJ and Journalism profession to intervene.

The National Leadership of our professional Union is at present working on the issue and I believe they will do justice to the matter as guided by the constitution and subsequently will met iutdeal sanctions on those working to mar the unity and integrity of the Union.

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

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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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