Kano – Mr Chris Isiguzo, a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming delegates’ conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has pledged to work toward raising the standards of journalism profession if given the mandate.
Isiguzo made the promise in a manifesto on Friday in Kano during his campaign tour of the Kano council of the NUJ.
“We shall work towards raising the standards of the profession and giving a pride of place to the journalism profession by making sure we have sound representations where necessary,” he said.
He also promised to reposition International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) to meet 21st century standards and partner other training institutions to ensure affordability and increase population of students.
Isiguzo, who is also the current Vice President, South East zone of NUJ, stated that his administration would push for Stabilisation Funds (SF) for the media industry in the country.
“We will create synergy between the union and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring that members job will not only be guaranteed, but also embark on consultation and lobby for stabilization funds to media industries to enable them remain operational,” he said.
He said that his administration would also pursue the lingering issue of new media salary structure with vigour to ensure payment of weighing allowance to electronic media journalists across the country.
“We shall explore new mutually benefiting partnerships and linkages with corporate business organizations and institutions. This is to ensure that without going cap in hand, NUJ projects and ventures are supported to raise funds,” he said.
He said that 21st century journalists or professionals must be able to effectively compete with their contemporaries from other developed climes in the area of ICT.
Isiguzo also promise to fully activate ICT centers at not just the national secretariat but also at the state council levels through donations of facilities as was done in zone C.
In his remark, Mr. Abass Ibrahim, the Kano state chairman of NUJ, described the aspirant as very intelligent and vibrant with the capacity to lead the union.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegates’ conference is expected to take place in Abeokuta in October