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NUJ MOVES AGAINST QUACKS IN IMO

By Anayo Onukwugha

The Imo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) says it has began the compilation of all registered journalists in the state so as to identify genuine members and quacks.

The State Chairman, Chief Fidel Onyeneke , who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Owerri said, already a committee which will publish a compendium of all journalists in the state have been set up.

“ The compendium will contain only registered journalists in the state and a committee is already working towards that. The people need to know the genuine journalists so as to be able to distinguish between them and the fake and dubious ones”, Chief Onyeneke stated.

He said the NUJ will set up a committee to assess the performances of Chairmen of the Transition Committees of the 27 local government areas in Imo State , stressing that it is the social responsibility of journalists, as watchdog of the society to make sure governments at the grassroots live up to the expectations of the people.

“We are interested in what is happening at the 27 local government councils in the state. People are complaining that the local government councils are not performing. So, we are setting up a committee to assess the performances of the Transition Committee Chairmen in all the local government councils in the state.

“It is part of our social responsibility as journalists to ensure that the Transition Committee Chairmen live up to the expectations of the people at the grassroots. We want to make sure the Chairmen have lived up to the needs of masses”, the NUJ Chairman said.

He disclosed that the union ad already gotten the permission of the Governor Ikedi Ohakim-led government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Chief taincy Affairs to cary out the assessment, pointing out that the reports of the assessment committee would be sent to the state government while the NUJ will honour the best performing Transition Committee Chairman during the forthcoming 2010 Press Week.

Chief Onyeneke, who won the 2009 Integrity Man of the Year Award, organized by the Integrity Club of Nigeria called on all journalists in the state to join hands with him to move the union forward and appealed to those he offended in one way or the other to forgive him.#

Development / Accra / Ghana / Africa / Modernghana.com