The NUJ Abuja chapter representing over 3000 journalists will be holding its elections on Saturday May 21 to elect a new President and other officers to lead the highly influential group of journalists.
The two front runners for the NUJ Chairmanship are Jide Oyekunle of Daily Independent newspapers and Lucky Isawode of Channels Television.
Both are promising to give the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel of the FCT Council a fresh direction and a new era for journalists practicing in the nation’s capital. The current chairman of the Abuja Chapter is Philip Nyam of the New Telegraph Newspaper.
Jide Oyekunle who is aspiring to be the new Chairman is a Public Administration graduate from University of Abuja and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism. He has been practicing journalism for almost 20 years.
Jide is campaigning under the umbrella of transparency, inclusiveness and servant leadership.
Lucky began his journalism career with the Nigeria Standard in Jos in the early 80’s before joining Complete Football Magazine as a zonal correspondent. He crossed over from the print medium to the electronic when he joined MBI from where he moved over to Channels Television as a reporter in 2005.
Lucky is also promising positive change and added value as the NUJ President.
Top 5 problems of journalism in Nigeria
Whoever emerges the new chairman, will also be looking into some of the top challenges facing the journalism profession in the country:
- Commercialization of the media.
- Insufficient training and decreasing intellectual level of practicing journalists
- Poor remuneration across the media industry.
- Dwindling credibility and respectability of journalists.
- Over fragmentation of the media and how to manage the wild social media.