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NUJ disapproves of call for sale of govt agencies, demands decent treatment of membersurnalists

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council, has condemned the call by a serving senator that some federal agencies should be sold.

A senator from Bayelsa, Ben Murray-Bruce, called, recently, for the sale of government media agencies like the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), because they no longer make sense.

The NUJ’s condemnation was contained in a communiqué it issued late Saturday night after its December monthly congress held at the Ladi Lawal Press Centre, Ikeja.

In the communiqué signed by its chairman, Qasim Akinreti, the union said, “The Congress condemns in totality the call for the sales of some national commonwealth, such as the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) the National Theatre, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON) as canvassed by a member of the National Assembly.

“The congress calls for the appropriate funding of these National Assets and other MDAs so that they will continue to generate employment opportunities for the nation.’’

On beat associations, it urged owners of media houses to pay their staff as and when due to ensure decorum in the journalism practice.

It condemned situations whereby some media owners owned their staffers several months of unpaid salary arrears. The congress also called on the NUJ at the national and state levels to always monitor activities of beat associations with a view to sanctioning those found to be involved in unethical conducts.