LEGISREPORTS NG – Senate President, Bukola Saraki has congratulated the newly elected President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Waheed Odusile and urged him to take seriously the task of eliminating quacks and fake journalists who give the profession a bad name.
Saraki in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, described the election of Odusile as well deserved, going by his track record of professionalism as a journalist but noted that the union under the new leadership must devise means of ensuring that some individuals who harass people at public functions while claiming to be journalists are dealt with according to the law so as to stop them from creating a bad image for the profession.
Saraki urged the new executives under Odusile to take the issue of enforcement of compliance with professional ethics as a priority.
“Journalists of today should be ready to abide by the code of ethics of the profession and they should be more professional because their role in sustaining democracy and on-going development in the country cannot be emphasised,” he said.
The Senate President praised the NUJ for conducting a hitch free election and said the new leadership of the union no doubt has what it takes to lead a critical body like the NUJ at this juncture in the democratic journey of Nigeria.
He enjoined the new NUJ boss to use his new position to better the lots of both journalists in the country and the journalism profession because the contribution of the media will go a long way to boost the efforts of the present administration to revamp the nation’s economy.
He said he is looking forward to a robust partnership with the media and their elected representatives in the task of making legislations that will lead to improved standard of living in the country.
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