By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
A nine-man credentials Screening Committee for the 6th National Delegates Conference 2018 of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, has been inaugurated.
The committee is expected to conduct elections into the various elective offices of the union at the national level come September.
The committee has as its Chairman, Dahiru Mohammed Garba, who is the General Manager of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Yola while Bimbo Oyetunde, the General Manager of FRCN Bronze Station, Benin will serve as Secretary.
Other members of the committee are; Abba Muritala. James Sowole, Igwe Boniface Okoro, Rafatu Salami, Yusuf Isah, Patrick Albert and Oliver Ossai.
Inaugurating the committee at the NUJ Secretariat Abuja, yesterday, National President of the union, Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile, stressed that the term of reference include screening of aspirants and conducting free, fair and credible election that will be acceptable by all stakeholders.
He charged them to work in accordance with provisions of the constitution in article 5 Section 8 in order to deliver on their mandate, urging them not to be deterred by distractions of politicking.
He further charged them to discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour, advising that the committee should not give room for undue interference from any quarters.
Odusile reminded that NUJ is known for credible elections, urging the committee to live up to expectation by continuing in that tradition.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the Chairman, who noted that members are people of integrity, promised that they would justify the confidence reposed in them.
He, however, solicited cooperation of stakeholders towards a transparent, hitch-free and credible election in order for the union to sustain its integrity as agenda setter.
…urges PMB to assent to PIGB
By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) that is before him.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the Petroleum Industry Bill stakeholders’ engagement with the NUJ, in Abuja on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that the Senate passed the bill, which has been dragging for about 17years in May and immediately sent the draft law to Buhari for assent.
The PIGB, which is one of the components of the PIB is now awaiting assent of President Buhari. The other components of the Bill are the Petroleum Host Community Bill, (PHCB), Petroleum Industry Administration Bill (PIAB) and the Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill (PIFB).
However, while noting that the passage of the PIGB is a step in the right direction, the journalists urged the President to put an end to the cloud of uncertainty in the industry and open Nigeria up to the flow of investment capital.
In the communiqué signed by National Secretary of NUJ, Shuaibu Usman Leman, the journalists stressed the need for policy reform in the Nigerian petroleum industry to introduce transparency and accountability to the sector and reposition it for global competitiveness.
The NUJ however resolved to push for the passage of the three remaining components of the Petroleum Industry Reform Bill, which are Petroleum Industry Administration Bill, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill and Petroleum Host and Impacted Communities Bill.
The journalists said they would help to highlight the gains of the bills to the nation and engage all stakeholders to ensure their passage.
“Going forward, we will endeavour to place policy reforms in the oil and gas sector in the front burner and use our different platforms to pressure the key actors in the legislative process to expedite action on the outstanding petroleum industry bills.”
They pledged that the NUJ would partner FOSTER in the quest to ensure the actualization of the right set of frameworks needed to turn the Nigerian petroleum industry into an engine of wealth creation.
The workshop was sponsored by the Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER) for a cross section of members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists drawn from the 19 Northern states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory.