“I Will Restore The Lost Glory of Lagos NUJ” Comrade Adeleye Ajayi, Chairmanship Candidate

Adeleye, a Deputy Director with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), disclosed this, while campaigning for members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) on Tuesday.

The Lagos NUJ General Election is scheduled to hold on Tuesday 29th September.

The Chairmanship candidate told the journalists that he would bring his experience as a former chairman of the Maritime Writers Association of Nigeria (MARAN) to bear if elected into office.

He stated that COVID-19 Pandemic has brought about new strategies, which he said must be embraced by journalists,
adding that journalists could do something else apart from journalism.

“It is God’s will that we will win the election this time around having contested and lost in 2017. We will approach the Bank of Industry to raise funds for our members for investment purposes.

“COVID-19 has taught us that we need to diversify as many media houses are retrenching, and we will ensure that employers of journalists pay pension as at when due.

“The issue of training is also important. I will ensure that this is done as I did for my members as the President of MARAN, when I took my members to many places for training prgrammes and they got to the financial packages.

“We will get sponsors for so many things, and we can go into agro and transport businesses. My government will complete our guest house in Somolu and we will influence insurance for our members” he said.

Adeleye stated that a situation whereby something happens to a journalist and his family suffers would be eliminated through life and health insurance policies.

The candidate also promised to bring back media game and solve the issues surrounding the proposed journalists estates in Mowe and Ofada areas of Ogun State.

While recalling that he influenced the purchase of 50 plots of land for MARAN members as president, Adeleye said that people who paid for lands in the estates would get their land as planned.

Adeleye also promised to be accountable as Lagos NUJ Chairman, adding that the union would be run with committees for different purposes.

The candidate, who revealed that nobody bankrolled his candidature in the 2017 election as it is being insinuated in some quarters, emphasised the need for members of the union to go back to the ethics of the profession.

“We have to go back to the ethics of our profession, journalists must be well dressed so that people would respect us when they see us.

“I am a transparent man, nobody bankrolled my campaign programmes in 2017. If I were to be a candidate of the outgone executive members as it was insinuated, I would have won that election by landslide.

“I would have just sat down with them and win the election. I don’t go to people to lobby. It was my personal funds and efforts that I utilised for the election,” he said.

He also used the occasion to condemn fake journalists, saying that they would be exposed and dealt with through the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the union.

Adeleye was accompanied on the trip by the Director General of his Campaign Committee, an Assistant Director with the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Nike Sodipo.

Also part of the team were a Financial Secretary Candidate in the election, Mr Innocent Anaba, who works with Vanguard Newspapers, and the Secretary of the Union, who is recontesting, Mr. Alfred Odifa, an Assistant Director with the state’s Ministry of Information and Strategy.

In his response, the Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Olanrewaju Adesanya promised to ensure the participation of his members in the election and wished the candidates good luck at the polls.