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  •  The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Enugu State Council has applauded the renewed vigour and interest by Nigerians in the electoral system The council said this was evidenced by the massive turnout in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR The state council of the NUJ disclosed this in a communique issued during its monthly congress hellip
    CVR: NUJ lauds Nigerians’ renewed vigour, enthusiasm in electoral system
     The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Enugu State Council has applauded the renewed vigour and interest by Nigerians in the electoral system The council said this was evidenced by the massive turnout in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR The state council of the NUJ disclosed this in a communique issued during its monthly congress hellip
    CVR: NUJ lauds Nigerians’ renewed vigour, enthusiasm in electoral system
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    CVR: NUJ lauds Nigerians’ renewed vigour, enthusiasm in electoral system

    The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Council has applauded the renewed vigour and interest by Nigerians in the electoral system.

    The council said this was evidenced by the massive turnout in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

    The state council of the NUJ disclosed this in a communique issued during its monthly congress on Friday in Enugu.

    The communique was signed by the Secretary of the NUJ in the state, Mr Emmanuel Acha and members of the communique draft committee, Messrs Sobenna Nwagbo, Emmanuel Nweze and Mrs Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu.

    The council commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for abiding by the court order that directed the extension of the CVR.

    It directed members of the NUJ in the state to fully participate in the electoral process by first applying for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

    It stated that possession of the PVC or evidence of application would be the basis of admission of NUJ members in future meetings.

    The council however, condemned the gradual introduction of ethnic, religious politics and campaign of calumny into the political space.

    It appealed to political parties, politicians, their supporters and opinion leaders to desist from anything that could ignite crisis ahead of the elections.

    The council also raised concern over the resurgence of security breaches in parts of the state.

    It stated that it was sad that the state which had in recent times been adjudged as the safest in the country was gradually losing such status.

    The NUJ urged the state government as well as security agencies to rise to the challenge of securing lives and property of residents of the state.

    It commended the state government for the completion of the Abakpa Flyover in Enugu East Local  Government Area, adding that such had eased traffic along that axis.

    The council appealed to Enugu State Waste Management Agency to step up the evacuation of wastes at the dumpsters to prevent possible flood and outbreak of epidemic, especially, in this wet season. (

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  •  The Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to create special Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres for Persons With Disabilities PWDs for an enhanced inclusion The Chairman NUJ FCT Chapter Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion J4DI stakeholders meeting in Abuja hellip
    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities
     The Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to create special Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres for Persons With Disabilities PWDs for an enhanced inclusion The Chairman NUJ FCT Chapter Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion J4DI stakeholders meeting in Abuja hellip
    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities
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    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities

    The Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to create special Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), centres for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), for an enhanced inclusion.

    The Chairman, NUJ, FCT Chapter, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche, made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion, (J4DI), stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Ogbeche, who was also the national coordinator, J4DI, said that the call was necessary because of the mass number of people at the registration centres, which put PWDs at a disadvantaged position.

    “There is a need for special centres or designated points within the existing centres exclusively for PWDs.

    “This is because talking about 2023, we want inclusion and if you look at the INEC data, there is the possibility that there are more persons with disabilities that have not been able to register, giving the shunting, the pushing and the distance.

    “So we are making an appeal to INEC to consider setting special points exclusively for PWDs,’’ he said.

    The chairman also expressed worry that most of the buildings of financial institutions in Abuja, especially those of banks, were not disability inclusive as they had no ramps, but only staircases with no support system for PWDs.

    He said that it was high time journalists worked to enhance the inclusion of PWDs by, firstly, understanding the Disabilities Act, and other policies regarding disability.

    He added that there was the need for media practitioners to have a foundation workshop in order to come to terms with certain nomenclature on PWDs .

    “A basic understanding will help us build capacity in reporting effectively and to become agents of change,” he said.

    President and Founder of the Albino Foundation, Jake Epelle commended the journalists for the J4DI initiating saying that had written their names in the sands of time by becoming the first entity to focus on PWDs issues.

    “We are so proud of all of the work that many of you have done to see that history has suddenly become a reality, but a lot more has to be done.

    “Please leverage on the platforms that we have created, access that we have been able to create, partners and very high profile individuals that we know to push the work further.

    “ Prepare yourself, get ready, and get on with the job, a lot more has to be done to project what you do, many of your media houses need to ensure that you give visibility to this worthy cause,” he said.

    Epelle called on J4DI to create an advocacy group to visit some prominent offices to seek support for the cause of PWDs in Nigeria.

    Also, Ms Ladi Bala, the President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), congratulated the journalists for putting up such a group to beam the searchlight on the plight of PWDs in Nigeria .

    Bala urged J4DI to bring more people on board in order to enlighten the public on PWD inclusion and the need to dispel stigmatisation among others.

    She called on the journalists to build their capacities and be abreast with issues around PWDs in order to report them better.

    “We need to understand the issues because when we do not understand these issues, we will not be able to fly with it very well.

    “You cannot give what you do not have, so we need to understand the Disabilities Act, understand the issues around disabilities, and package it in such a manner that we dispel stigmatisation,’’ she said.

    Similarly, Mr Patrick Osadebamwen, the secretary of J4DI, said that the group was created following a dream of having a voice that would promote inclusion across the board.

    “The group would also advance the issues of the girl with disability in Abasima, the Bole woman by the roadside and all that concerns J4D1.

    “These would be explored by engaging experts, acquainting ourselves with the law and effective utilisation of the media. All these would be followed through as a responsibility, not a favour,” he said.

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  •  The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7 00 a m June 20 stood at 640 786 Of the number 338 955 had been duly completed Mr Olusegun Agbaje INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ hellip
    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786
     The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7 00 a m June 20 stood at 640 786 Of the number 338 955 had been duly completed Mr Olusegun Agbaje INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ hellip
    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786
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    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786

    The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7.00 a.m., June 20, stood at 640,786.

    Of the number,  338,955  had been duly completed.

    Mr Olusegun Agbaje, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, led by the Chairman, Mr Adeleye Ajayi.

    This is posted on the council’s interactive platform on Thursday by its Secretary, Mr Tunde Olalere.

    According to the commissioner, it is not true that some INEC offices in Lagos State requested for LASRRA number as part of requirements  for the registration.

    “I want to say that there is nothing of such, as the only requirement for anyone seeking to register is that he or she must have attained the age of 18,” Agbaje said.

    He also said that Lagos State had the highest number of polling units across its 245 wards for the 2023 General Elections.

    He also spoke on INEC’s plan for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) during  the elections.

    He said that PWDs could  partake in election monitoring but added that there were guidelines to be followed.

    “We will also make sure that we create a conducive and friendly working environment for PWDs in all our offices.

    “I want to categorically state that there will also be training for ad-hoc staff so that persons with disabilities will be able to vote easily,” Agbaje said.

    The commissioner said that an interactive session between the Nigeria Union of Journalists and INEC would be organised by the commission soon.

    Earlier,  Ajayi urged INEC to work closely with the mass media toward achieving free and fair elections in 2023.

    “I am glad to inform you that Lagos has the highest number of journalists in Nigeria,” he said.

    The NUJ chairman also appealed to INEC to ensure  security of voters as well as journalists during the general elections.

    “We shouldn’t only concentrate on securing votes alone.

    “Lives of journalists must also be protected because journalists play very crucial roles during elections.

    “Accreditation of journalists is equally important, civil society organisations must not be left behind.

    “We assure INEC of wide publicity before, during and after the general elections in Lagos State, ” Ajayi said.

    Mr Adebowale Ademiluyi, Chairman of PWDs Committee of Lagos Council of NUJ, called for training of INEC staff on how to guide PWDs during elections.

    “A lot of disabled people are not treated politely during elections.

    “A lot of them have been discouraged because of the stress they encountered during registrations and elections.

    “There is need to make the process easier in order to accommodate more people with disability,” Ademiluyi said. NAN reports that INEC, in June 2021, announced creation of additional 56,873 polling units across Nigeria, with Lagos and Kano States topping the distribution list with 4,861 and 3,148 centres, respectively.The creation brought to 176,846, the number of polling units in Nigeria, with Lagos having a total of 13,325 polling units in 245 wards.

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  •  The Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE News Paper Association of Nigeria NPAN Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ and other stakeholders have insisted on Self Regulatory Framework to sanitise the media sector The media stakeholders also restated commitment to defend freedom of expression and media freedom This is contained in the communique from the one day strategic meeting hellip
    NGE, NPAN, NUJ, others insist on self-regulatory framework
     The Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE News Paper Association of Nigeria NPAN Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ and other stakeholders have insisted on Self Regulatory Framework to sanitise the media sector The media stakeholders also restated commitment to defend freedom of expression and media freedom This is contained in the communique from the one day strategic meeting hellip
    NGE, NPAN, NUJ, others insist on self-regulatory framework
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    NGE, NPAN, NUJ, others insist on self-regulatory framework

    The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), News Paper Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other stakeholders have insisted on Self-Regulatory Framework to sanitise the media sector.The media stakeholders also restated commitment to defend freedom of expression and media freedom.This is contained in the communique from the one-day strategic meeting of media stakeholders to deliberate on a framework for media regulation in Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.The communique was signed by Mustapha Isah, President, NGE; Feyi Smith,  Executive Secretary of NPAN; Chris Isiguzo, President of NUJ; Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director of MRA, and Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of IPC.“The participants therefore resolved to pursue a self-regulatory framework to ensure improved standards in the Nigerian media, as well as to protect the media sector from interference, control and repression by government.“The meeting agreed that consistent with regional and international norms and standards, a media regulatory framework led and driven by media professionals represents the most effective guarantee of media freedom and the independence of the media. ‘’The stakeholders also resolved to effectively implement the existing Code of Ethics for Nigerian journalists, while the process of updating same is on.“The participants also resolved to work together as a sector for the betterment of the journalism profession as well as media business,” they said.The meeting commended media houses that had already appointed local Ombudsmen in their organisations and called on those that had not appointed or designated such mechanisms to take urgent steps to do so. The meeting also set up a committee made up of representatives of the different stakeholder groups to develop a framework for self-regulation by the media in Nigeria; which will be presented to a larger meeting of media stakeholders. However, the stakeholders were mandated to look at all the reports of various committees set up to review the laws guiding the practice, the profession and the business of the media as a guide to a final position.

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  •  Chief Victor Umeh the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has given the reason for defecting to the Labour Party Umeh spoke at a press conference held at the Secretariat of the Anambra Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Awka He said that he dumped APGA because of an hellip
    Why I left APGA for Labour Party – Umeh
     Chief Victor Umeh the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has given the reason for defecting to the Labour Party Umeh spoke at a press conference held at the Secretariat of the Anambra Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Awka He said that he dumped APGA because of an hellip
    Why I left APGA for Labour Party – Umeh
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    Why I left APGA for Labour Party – Umeh

    Chief Victor Umeh, the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has given the reason for defecting to the Labour Party.
    Umeh spoke at a press conference held at the Secretariat of the Anambra Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Awka.
    He said that he dumped APGA because of an alleged conspiracy against him by some party members in the state.
    Umeh emerged the LP candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District in the 2023 general elections, after leaving APGA.
    “During the last senatorial primary election, which I contested under APGA, it was glaring that some people within the party perfectly wheeled conspiracy to pull me down.
    “That was why I decided to leave APGA,” he said.
    He further said that he joined LP on the advice of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
    He expressed delight over his movement to LP, saying that the decision had reunited him with Obi.
    He recalled how Obi and himself steered the ship of APGA to victory and opined that a similar fate was about to repeat itself in LP.
    “Nigerians from all shades of opinion want Peter Obi as president in 2023 and what is happening in LP is divine.
    “What is driving him are statements he makes on the management of the resources of the country.
    “These truly represent his conduct on the ways public resources should be managed,” Umeh said.
    He urged Obi’s supporters to ensure they obtained their permanent voter cards ahead of the elections to enable the country witness a progressive era.
    He commended the leadership of Anambra NUJ “for providing a platform for people to communicate to the public”.
    The state Chairman of LP, Mr Ugochukwu Emeh, said it was wrong for some people to say that the party did not have structures across the country.
    “Labour is a political party registered by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
    “It includes the NUJ and we have more than 50 million people who are members of these bodies.
    “In addition to these groups, millions of Nigerian youths, whose future has been messed up by bad leadership, are the ones driving the Obi’s movement,” Emeh said.
    The state Chairman of NUJ, Dr Emeka Odogwu, said the event was organised to provide an avenue for people to be better informed on current political happenings.

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