By Friday Omosola
The new Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, has pleaded with the state Local Government Service Commission to fast track the creation of a Local Government Information Department to cater for NUJ members in the third tier of government.
The Union led by its new Chairman, Prince Leke Adegbite made the pleas during visitation to the Chairman of the Commission, Honourable Femi Idris.
The Union revealed that the visitation was in continuation of efforts geared towards interfacing with key stakeholders and attracting improved welfare packages for its members.
The Union Chairman, Prince Leke Adegbite said the visitation was necessary to tackle the long standing agitation of NUJ which was the creation of the Local Government Information Department which would go a long way in enhancing professionalism in the discharge of duties at the grassroots.
Adegbite further stated that considering the essential roles of Information Officers in promoting various laudable projects and policies of local government Chairmen and the commission, there was an urgent need for all the stakeholders, the Commission, the office of the Head of Service and other key offices.
The NUJ Chairman explained that the Union had started raising the issue with other stakeholders, adding that agitation for the creation of the local government information department had been on the front burner for decades.
Reacting, the Chairman of the Commission, Femi Idris, acknowledged the sensitive roles journalists were playing and assured that his office was looking into the possibility of having an Information Department in the Local Government system as some states of the federation have also keyed into it.
Femi assured members of the union of his continued support.