The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN has urged the newly elected National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ on national and professional transformations.
Mr Waheed Odusile of the Nation newspaper emerged as the new leader of the journalism professionals in Nigeria at the recently held national convention in Abuja.
In a statement, while congratulating Mr Odusile on his well-deserved election, MMPN tasks him on the challenges ahead:”Your election at this moment in the nation’s history represents a fresh breath in the annals of a profession that is seriously challenged to play a pivotal role in the transformation of the country.”
MMPN expressed optimism in the ability of Odusile to professionally tackle numerous challenges facing journalism profession in particular.
“As a journalism practitioner of nearly three decades and an activist in the affairs of the Union, you are no stranger to the many challenges confronting the profession and workers in the media industry in general: poor remuneration, job insecurity, poor welfare, hostile political environment and need for capacity building and adequate working tools in media houses.”
The statement signed by the Coordinator of the association, Mr Abdulwarees Solanke passes a vote of confidence in the new president and enjoins him to unleash his wealth of experience on the myriads of problem plaguing the profession.
“We believe that your experiences and antecedents from your days in the defunct National Concord and your involvement in the affairs of the Lagos Council of the Union since the 1980s will tell on the passion you bring into office as the president of a vibrant professional. We acknowledge and salute your professionalism, doggedness, humility and team spirit that do not discount your courage.”
Solanke counseled the NUJ President to realize that the election and the oath of service impose a grave responsibility of living up to expectation, not only of the journalists but also of all other professionals in championing their cause.
“As a Muslim in particular, you must recognize that every position or office is a trust for which its occupant will be held accountable if not before man, definitely before God. Therefore, we urge you to uphold this trust with utmost fear of God and with a determination to change the face of journalism practice in Nigeria,” Solanke counseled.