Written by Chuks NZEH

NUJ president to enhance media capacity through ICT centers

The new president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Christopher Isiguzo, has promised to enhance the capacity of journalists in the country by establishing multiple information, communication and technology centers at the national secretariat and state councils.

He made this known in Abuja during his maiden press conference after receiving the handover notes from his predecessor, Abdulwaheed Odusile.

“As Vice President of Zone C, my administration did not toy with the importance of ICT to the journalism profession, bearing in mind that the world has become a global village,” he said.

He added that his administration would ensure that it fully activates ICT centres not just at the national secretariat, but also at state council levels.

Isiguzo also said the 21st Century journalist in Nigeria must be able to effectively compete with their contemporaries from other developed climes.

The NUJ boss said the International Institute of Journalism, IIJ, shall be repositioned to meet 21st Century standards.

“Efforts must be made to decentralize its operations and partner other training institutions to ensure affordability and increase population of students. If properly repositioned it could contribute to the finances of the union, instead of serving as a drainpipe,” he observed.

Isiguzo also noted that regular salary to secretariat staff both at state and national levels should be non-negotiable.

 

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