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Osun NUJ Suspends Members for Misconduct, Warns OSBC Board Chairman

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The crisis rocking Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) took a new dimension on Thursday as the council, through an emergency congress, suspended three of its members indefinitely for alleged misconduct.

The suspended members are: Acting Chairman of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) chapel, Mrs Ojuolape Ukeme-Bassy, Chairman, Local Government Information Chapel, Mr Gboyega Aderinwale and the Secretary of Federated Chapel, Mr Kehinde Kolawole.

Ojuolape Odetola

According to the communiqué issued at the end of the congress, the three members were suspended for embarrassing the union; misleading the public as against the ethics of Journalism and invasion of the council secretariat, thus dragging the integrity of the union to the mud.

The congress presided over by the Vice Chairman of the Council, Comrade Kehinde Ayantunji also warned the Chairman of the OSBC Board of Directors, Mr Kola Akanji from using his office to promote division among members of the union.

Kola-Akanji

Signed by the Chairman of the Communiqué Drafting Committee and Secretary, Messrs Kazeem Muhammed and Abiodun Adeoye respective, the communiqué reads: “That the congress expressed concern over the emerging controversies in the Osun NUJ council and the closure of the Council’s secretariat prompted by the invasion of a purported caretaker committee.

“That the congress rejects in totality, the constitution of Caretaker Committee, as it is against the constitution of NUJ and intended to promote crisis in the union. “That all the purported members of the committee namely (I) Ojuolape Ukeme Bassy (ii) Gboyega Aderinwale and (iii) Kehinde Kolawole be suspended indefinitely for embarrassing the union; misleading the public as against the ethics of Journalism and invasion of the council secretariat, thus dragging the integrity of the union to the mud. This should be communicated to the National Secretariat and all concerned authorities.

“That the officers of the union, whose election was not in contention, i.e the Vice Chairman, Kehinde Ayantunji; the Treasurer, Adebisi Alo; the Assistant Secretary, Olabode Awe and the Internal Auditor, Olusola Egbodofo, should take charge of the administration of the council in accordance with Article 5D (ii) and F1(h) of the NUJ Constitution. And that the congress stands by the February 11, 2016 election pending the determination of the case before the Industrial Court, Ibadan.

“That the Interim Chairman of the OSBC Board of Directors, Mr Kola Akanji, who has been actively fuelling the unnecessary crisis for personal difference between him and Mr Biodun Olalere, by using the instrument of his office negatively in the matter, should be written a warning letter to desist from further promoting division among union members.

“That the council needs the intervention of the Veterans and other stakeholders of the deliberate crisis precipitated and been sustained by the National President and the National Vice President “B Zone” in the Osun State Council of the union.”

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  1. Kola akanji

    May 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Osun NUJ Suspends Members —Kola Akanji reacts.
    My attention has been drawn to the communique purportedly written by some disgruntled members of the Osun NUJ signed by one Kazeem Muhammad and Abiodun Adeoye.
    I appreciate the fact that the union is presently embroiled in leadership crisis and applaud all on going efforts at the State and national levels to find amicable solutions to the impasse .
    However, what i find most disconcerting is the attempt by some of the members to link me, in my capacity as the Interim Chairman of the OSBC board and senior member of the union, alleging me “to be fuelling the crisis and should be written a warning letter “to desist from promoting division among union members “. I’m expecting the warning letter.
    The question to ask is in what way is the crisis being fuelled by my humble self who is just a member of the union? It is on record that as a foundation member of the union I was instrumental to the donation of the present site of the union as Press Secretary to the first Military Administrator (1991) and would never turn round to destroy what I have built.
    If Mr Kola Akanji decides not to support the aspirations of then incumbent Chairman Abiodun Olalere -who he supported morally and financial in his first coming, decides not to support him this time around, should this then be used as blackmail?
    For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Kola Akanji has no hands whatsoever in former Chairman Abiodun Olalere’s travails and it is not by force that you support the political aspirations of anybody.
    It is very interesting and i feel highly honoured for arrogating to me the powers which i don’t have. Otherwise, why would you say that I was responsible for (1) the cancellation of the February 11, 2016 elections. (2) nullification of the election by the appropriate organization of NUJ at the national level. (3) setting up of a Caretaker Committee by the National secretariat of the union.(4) institution of a case at the National Industrial Court in Ibadan by Olalere and his supporters against the nullification of the election (5) Dismissal of the court case instituted by Olalere and his co travellers at the National Industrial Court and the affirmation of the nullification of the election and the setting up of a Caretaker Committee (6) Invitation of Abiodun Olalere by the police for some infringement on the premises of NUJ. (7) Directives from the NUJ National Headquarters directing Abiodun Olalere to hand over to the Caretaker Committee in line with the court ruling, and so on.
    I have made it very clear on several occasions– I have nothing personal against Olalere —we differ on his style and manner of governance and I don’t think it’s compulsory for everybody to support an incumbent Chairman of the union.
    Abiodun Olalere is not the first one timer and definitely won’t be the last.
    I hope Rave fm and other media houses that immediately went on air with the communique issued by the faction of the union without even deeming it fit to get my side of the story –will equally give this rejoinder the attention and prominence it deserves.
    Thank you
    SIGNED

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