The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, has been drawn to a non-existing group that goes by the name Nigeria Association of Journalists.
According to a statement signed by the state council chairman Comrade Michael Ikeogwu “The union would have ordinarily looked the other side as the group does not exist anywhere in Nigeria and Delta State in particular, but doing so will give room for unsuspecting public to fall victim of individuals hiding under the illegitimate group to defraud people.
“By this press statement, we wish to make it crystal clear that we do not know the group, nor are they affiliated to NUJ. “
The statement read “The groups that are known and affiliated to NUJ as the umbrella body of all practising journalists in Nigeria are Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
“It is on record that this so-called Nigeria Association of Journalists is already going about giving awards to unsuspecting individuals in the society, in a way of attracting negative image to the Media Constituency in the State.”
According to him, does not give awards recklessly and even when it wants to do so, there must be express investigation of such proposed personalities and approval must be given by the National Secretariat.
“While calling on the public to be wary of these unscrupulous individuals, we want to assure every stakeholder in the society that those found to be culpable will be punished constitutionally and legally to act as a deterrent to anybody or group trying to discredit the statutory image and functions of NUJ in the State.
“NUJ Delta State Council hereby denounces and dissociates itself from the group parading as Nigeria Association of Journalists in the State”.
The union urges the general public not to have any dealings, receive awards or do business with individuals or groups of individuals from the group as it is not known to the union.
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