The newly elected Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ), Lagos State Council, Dr Qasim Akinreti has called on Public Affairs Officers in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Councils Development Areas in the state to be part of the new vision and mission to reposition and rebrand journalism profession in Lagos State. Dr Qasim made the call on Thursday, when he paid a thank you visit to the officers during their monthly meeting, held at the secretariat of Yaba LCDA.
The NUJ chairman who was accompanied to the meeting by the Secretary of the Lagos State NUJ Council, Alfred Odunfa and Vice Chairman of Lagos State Information Chapel, Kayode Sutton also charged the Local Government Public Affairs Officers to ensure that they make integrity, accountability and professionalism there watchwords in the discharge of their duties, adding that these would be the yardstick for measuring the success of the new NUJ executives led by him.
He therefore urged them to rally round him and other members of the executive to take the journalism profession to a new level in Lagos State. Dr Qasim used the opportunity of the visit to express his appreciation to the group for its massive support during the last election that culminated in his emergence as the chairman of the state council.
He told members of the group that it is high time for them to have a chapel of their own, adding that in other states in Nigeria, Local Governments information managers have their registered chapels that participate in activities at the National level. He however advised the group to follow the laid down procedures that will enable the state council to give them a chapel.
Cross section of Public Affairs Officers at the meeting on Thursday
Responding on behalf of the group, its President, Mrs Enitan Olukoya congratulated the NUJ Chairman on his victory during the election and assured him that her group would rally round the current leadership of Lagos NUJ towards ensuring that all members in the state will be proud and happy to practice the journalism profession.
The October edition of the monthly meeting of the group witnessed a large turnout of members from the 57 councils in Lagos State.
The body of Lagos State Local Governments Public Affairs Officers hold its meeting on the last Thursday of every month to discuss various issues concerning their official duties, particularly on how members can be efficient and effective in the discharge of their official duties.
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