By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
This is not the best of time in the history of journalism practice in the country as the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta State Council, has announced the immediate suspension of about twenty five (25)members from the union over what the leadership described as engaging in anti-union activities.
In a heavily worded statement signed by the state Chairman Michael Ikeogwu, andsecretary , Mr Churchill Oyowe respectively which the NUJ National President/Secretary, NUJ Vice President, Zone F of the NUJ Commissioner for Information Designate Chief Press Secretary to Governor and all Chapel Chairmen/Excos in Delta state were copied for immediate implementation.
Those affected according to the white paper, include;
Ebere Obiakor -AIT
- Alphonsus Agborh- Tribune
- Austin Azu-Crown/Kpoko FM
- Amaechi Okwara- Blueprint
- Anne Eluwa- Pilot
- Kent Enweliku- Auditor ICC
- Felix Igbekoyi- Daily Independent/Immediate Past Vice Chairman of the Council
- Mercy- Business Day
- Michael Olaniyi- Daily Independent
- Matthew Ochei- Punch/Treasurer, Asaba Correspondent
- Barry Agbanigbi- Champion
- Andy Akeni- Pointer
- Aiwerie Okungbowa- Nation
- Chimdi Ogor- Wazobia
- Nosa Akenzua- Leadership
- Dew Wilson- DBS Asaba
- Ejime Udueme- DBS Asaba
Others not currently listed as NUJ members
- Lawrence- AIT
- Charles Umejei- Grassroots Trumpet
- Victor Ajunwa- Orient Daily
- Shola Charles-
- One Chijioke- Pointer Casual
- Fred Odu- Gallant Reporters
- Tony Okunebe- Radial
- Emeka Akatobi-
According to the Delta NUJ leadership ”The suspension of the aforementioned members was as a result of their involvement in anti union activities.
”The council views the act by the 25 persons as an open challenge to test the might of its leadership in the state and has decided to prove that it does not just bark as warning but bite with demonstrable sanctions.
”The implications of the indefinite suspension is that the affected persons are barred from all activities of the union, including attendance of congresses at the chapel and state levels, denial from participation in elections, press briefings and other programmes organized by the council. ” the statement said.
Continuing ”Those who are holding elective or appointive positions also stand suspended from such positions. Above all, they cannot get any benefit from the council as long as the indefinite suspension remains in force.
”The affected members will be communicated personally in due course through their respective chapels of the indefinite suspension place on them while the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee is invited to look into their case.
”The national secretariat of the union is already aware of this development and if need be, the council shall not hesitate to communicate the employers of the affected persons for appropriate disciplinary actions. No one is above the law.” they explained.