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Unknown gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa as NUJ condemns the dastardly act

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Unknown gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa as NUJ condemns the dastardly act

Unknown gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom.
Ekom was killed on Monday night at his residence in Washo village, Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state.

On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.

The corpse of the murdered journalist has been deposited at a hospital mortuary in Akwanga.
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the attack and brutal killing of its former Treasurer, Benjamin Ekom of Federated Chapel.

Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Sunday John, Chairman and Secretary of the council, respectively made condemnation in a joint statement in Lafia on Tuesday.

The union described the attack on innocent residents of the state by criminal elements as one too many and urged that drastic and proactive measures be taken to protect lives and property in all nocks and crannies of the state.

The leadership of the union also urged the security agencies to fish out the killers of its former Treasurer and make them face the full weat of the law.
NUK also called on members of the public to expose criminal elements in their midst, to rid the state of criminals.

The union, however, commended the efforts by the Federal and state governments toward tackling insecurity, but called on them to do more.

They said such was necessary to ensure that the people were safe to go about their activities without fear and to avoid escalation of the situation beyond control.

They condoled with the family and friends of the deceased and prayed God to forgive his shortcomings and grand him eternal rest.



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NGO rallies media support in fight against pneumonia to save children

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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Save the Children International, (SCI) a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) has solicited the corporation and support of the media in the project of eliminating pneumonia that is massively killing children in the country.

The chief of party of the Intergrated Sustainable Childhood Pneumonia and Infectious Diseases Reduction (INSPIRING) project, Dr Isah Adamu made the appeal while delivering a welcome address at a workshop organized for media practioners on the Role of the Media in Tackling Childhood Pneumonia in Nigeria.

The workshop was organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Adamu said, “The role of the media is very crucial in achieving the aims and objectives of the project of reducing pneumonia and diarrhea among the children in the country.

According to him “Working with the media on this project (INSPIRING) is a necessity as the organizations (SCI, GSK and Media) have a common mission and vision of service to humanity”.

He said “Pneumonia is a hidden
major childhood killer disease that needs collective and urgent attention by stakeholders at all levels”.

Dr Adamu maintained that a recent survey indicated that 132 in 1000 children under five die of pneumonia.
The chief of party said the INSPIRING is now operating in two states of Lagos and Jigawa states being sponsored by Save the Children International and GlaxoSmithKline.

The representative of GlaxoSmithKline Dr Abba expressed appreciation on the cooperation being received from the state government and media.

Dr Abba reaffirmed his organization commitment to saving lives and that of the children in particular, “Base on this we will continue to give our contribution to Government and non Governmental Organizations to achieve the set objective”.

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Kogi NUJ charges stakeholders on credible elections, good governance

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By Friday Idachaba

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council, has charged stakeholders i the democratic processes in the country to entrench viable and smooth electoral processes, to enhance good governance in Nigeria.

Chairman of the council, Alhaji Adeiza Momojimoh, made the call at a press conference preceding the 2021 Press Week at the NUJ Press Centre on Monday in Lokoja.

Momojimoh described good governance as a product or by product of good election saying: “When election is not well conducted, you can’t expect to have anything coming out of it to be desirable.

“Possibly, one of the very reasons why we are still battling with the issue of bad governance is that we have not been able to get our electoral system right.

“That’s why we believe that the process of evolving or bringing about another leadership in Nigeria should be holistic and be given serious commitment so that at the end of the day whatever comes out of it would be desirable.”

The NUJ Council chairman commended the efforts of the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act and urged all Nigerians to accord it support.

“It may interest us to know that as a body, we had already chosen to talk on the topic: ‘Electoral Act and the Future of Nigeria’s Democracy’ as theme for the 2021 Press Week before the bill was even considered and passed in the National Assembly.

“This is in view of the importance journalists in the state attached to the concept of democracy, good governance and the the general well-being of Nigerians,” MomohJimoh said.

According to the chairman, Sen. Kabir Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, will give the key note address at the occasion, while Prof. John Alabi of Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, will be lead paper presenter.

He expressed optimism that deliberation on the theme would go along way in providing meaningful solutions to the myriad of problems besetting the course of social, economic and political development of Nigeria, among other benefits.

He said Hon. Leke Abejide, representing Yagba Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, would chair the event, adding that, five persons who had made positive impact in the society at various levels had been slated for awards.

He said Gaya would be given an award as Icon of Democracy; Abejide, Icon of Grassroots Education and the state Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, would be honoured for his impact in infrastructural development of Kogi state, among others awardees.

Adeiza called on the state government to implement the weigh-in allowance for the members of staff of its media houses, to boost their productivity and morale.

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THISDAY alerts general public of a fake Friday digital edition on social media

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THISDAY has alerted the general public of a fake version of ts digital edition of Friday, 27th, August on some social media platforms.
The fake version is being circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Managing Director of the newspaper Eniola Bello in a statement said the fake edition was captioned: ‘Uzodinma declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies”

“We wish to state that THISDAY at no time published the said story. Our lead story on Friday, August 27 was, “Buhari Elated as NNPC Breaks Jinx, Declares N287bn Profit, First in 44 Years”.

“Sadly, these merchants of fake news have chosen to leverage on the credibility and integrity of THISDAY to ply their trade.

“We completely reject this poor attempt by some unscrupulous people at impersonating our brand and identity in pursuit of whatever agenda they may have, by seeking to disseminate fake news to members of the public as emanating from THISDAY.

“For the avoidance of doubt, readers can easily verify our Friday publication from the print edition, or online (www.thisdaylive.com). We therefore call on members of the public who may have unwittingly fell for the cloned digital copy to disregard it and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves.

“We also use this opportunity to call on security agencies to help unmask the counterfeiters behind this forgery and bring them to book.

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