Akinreti, Lagos NUJ Aspirant, Visits TELL
Ahead of the Nigeria Union of Journalists election in Lagos scheduled for September 30, one of the chairmanship aspirants, Dr Qasim Akinreti, today visited TELL Communications Limited, publishers of TELL Magazine, to solicit for support of its members in his quest to occupy the top position. Akinreti, a staff of Voice of Nigeria, who came in company of some of his supporters led by Gbenga Fatile, chairman of the campaign committee, promised to serve the union and improve the welfare of NUJ members in the state. With the campaign slogan, Mandate 2017: A New Beginning for NUJ Lagos Council, Akinreti told the members who had gathered in the Newsroom to hear him out that, if elected, his reign would be anchored on integrity and accountability, for the purpose of improving the welfare of journalists through investment in human capital and the profession itself. While acknowledging the challenges facing the Nigerian media industry, Akinreti promised the TELL members that, if elected, one of the things he would be looking to achieve is to engage stakeholders to come up with a media enhancement bill that will improve the fortunes of many struggling media houses. He regretted that, unlike other sectors, the media has failed to attract government support, which explains why many struggling media houses have found it difficult to bounce back. Apart from such envisaged partnership, Akinreti said he would mobilize his colleagues to take advantage of opportunities in the agric sector as well as enhance their status through investment in real estate. His welfare plans, he said, would cover both serving and retired journalists.
Akinreti, who is also a lecturer at Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos, was received on arrival by Dejo Oyawale, TELL’S chief operating officer, Wola Adeyemo, executive editor, publications and Murtala Aleem, TELL’S NUJ chairman.