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NUJ 2018: Presidential hopeful pledges better welfare, job security

Mr Bamidele Atunbi, a presidential hopeful in the forthcoming election of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has promised better welfare package and job security for members, if elected.
He made the disclosure in Ibadan on Friday when his campaign team visited the Oyo State Council of the Union.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Atunbi team christened ‘Transformation Agenda 2018′ was led by its Director-General, Dr Gbenga Abimbola.
Atunbi, a Manager, News and Current Affairs with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), is contesting for the presidency of the union in the election scheduled to hold in October, in Abeokuta.
The aspirant said that members of the union deserved better welfare package.
“A better media salary structure is achievable with strong effort from committed and focused leadership like I intend to offer.
“My administration will place premium on members’ welfare.
“My leadership will ensure safety of members and maintain the union’s safety fund. I will ensure job security for members.
“This is not new, as I have participated actively in struggles that brought smiles to faces of workers.
“I got 22 sacked workers of Ondo State Radio Vision Corporation reinstated, as well as two journalists axed in Owena Press Limited, Akure,” he said.
The presidential hopeful said that his administration would stand tall against casualisation of workers in the media industry and fight quackery to a stand still.
He promised to encourage media establishments to place premium on training and retraining of journalists, promising that his administration would also prioritise such.
Atunbi said that his administration would ensure that members paying check off dues were exempted from paying the N5,000 registration fee,
He promised to also review the cost.
“My administration will bring integrity into the leadership of the Union and promote mutual respect.
“I will ensure continuation of the insurance policy and show enormous interest in the union’s housing project.
“My administration would also improve the standard of International Institute of Journalism,” he said.
Atunbi solicited the support of members of the council in the election, saying their votes were much needed to ensure his vision and programmes becomes a reality.
Mr Adewunmi Faniran, Oyo State NUJ Chairman, welcomed Atunbi and his campaign team, praying that the union would continue to wax stronger.
He called on members of the council to welcome all aspirants with open arms, urging them to appraise their programmes for informed decision.(NAN)

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