2019: Adamawa NUJ inaugurates political roundtable panel
From Tom Garba, in Yola
As the 2019 general election is getting nearer, the Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists,NUJ, Adamawa state chaper, Mallam Salisu Abubakar has inaugurated a five-man committee on political round table.
While inaugurating the committee, Salisu charged them to be fair as the fourth estate in enlightening the general public on the political aspirants to enable voters make the right choices.
According to him it’s enshrined in the amended 1999 constitution that the press is saddled with the responsibility of making the general public enlightened on who to choose as their leaders.
”The aim is to bring together aspirants vying for various political offices to advertise themselves and prove to the world they get the leadership qualities to represent them ahead of 2019 general elections.
” We consider you worthy of this constitutional job and I will not hesitate to remove anyone of you that is not meeting our expectation or derailing from the purpose for which this committee is formed” Salisu stressed.
The committee will be headed by Alhaji Shekarau Yerima as the Chairman while Tom Garba, Maria Albert Zira,Yunusa Abdullahi and Ishaka Dedan will serve as members,expected to commence work from now to the year 2019.
In his remarks during the inauguration,the National Trustee in charge of Zone E of the NUJ,Mohammad Saidu enjoined them to do a proper Work of educating the public on who to vote or not to vote.
Saidu also called on all aspirants to seize the opportunity to come and advertise themselves.
NAWOJ National secretary, Mrs Ladi Bala enjoined the committee to have an “inclusive gender equality” meetings with all aspirants in the State in order to eliminate gender bias against women.
The newly Chairman, Alhaji Yerima told the leadership of NUJ that his committee will do all it takes to have successdul meetings with all the political aspirants,assuring that the commitee will be fair to all.