The national leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ) has frowned at the one-term tenure that is being practised by the Taraba state council of the union.
Unlike other parts of the country, where elected officials of the union are allowed to re-contest their positions if they deem it fit, the reverse, as noticed by our reporter in Taraba.
Piqued by the development, the union leadership in a communique on Sunday made available to the members of the union shortly after it meets with the union executive in the state, urged the state council to as a matter of urgency desist from such act.
Making their positions known in a communique which was issued to Journalists by the Secretary of the state council, Luke Jeremiah Galumje, the national council of the union urged the Taraba council to abide strictly by the constitution of the union.
“The One term tenure being practised in the Taraba State Council is against the constitution of the union and it was therefore noted that officials who have served satisfactorily in their first tenure are free to present themselves for reelection if they so wish.”
They also urged the council to wait for approval from the National Secretariat before inaugurating the Credentials Committee members that were reconstituted.
Adding that the “new constitution of the union must be implemented to the later regarding professional qualifications, appointments, practice and financial standing in the union.”
Stressing that financial and professional dues and updated biometrics are the standard prerequisites for bona fide members to vote and be voted for, the election of a new executive, they said “must be conducted on or before the expiration of the tenure of the present council as stipulated in the new constitution.”
They also urged members of the profession employed into the Programmes Department of any media to revalidate their membership by way of seeking conversion to the news or editorial departments or acquiring professional qualifications.
The New Executive that would be assigned with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the state council, for the next three years, is expected to be elected and sworn into office next month September.
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