by John Kayode
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council is aiming to checkmate the influx of quacks into the Pen Profession and curtail the activities of unauthorised persons into the state in the guise of being journalists.
“We already have it on good authority that these set of fake journalists always claim to be correspondents or reporters of some media stations based outside Ondo state.”
“These groups of people are not journalists or media practitioners as they are not employed in any media organisation but continue to constitute themselves into a cartel, going around strategic locations in the state extorting money from unsuspected members of the public.”
“Therefore, we are urging professional journalists from outside the state to register their presence with the Ondo State Council of the union before going to the field to avoid embarrassment as being tagged as impersonators, or cause a breach of peace as security operatives in the state have been put on the alert.”
“We are also asking government officials, especially politicians during this campaign season to be wary of the antics of these unscrupulous elements, by asking questions about their identities and their media stations so as not to fall prey to these quacks who had infiltrated the ranks and files of the profession.”
This action is in line with the zero-tolerance stance of the Union under the leadership of the Chairman, Prince Leke Adegbite against quack and fake journalists.
“We encouraged all members of the union to support the members of the Task Force to succeed in their assignment while members of the public are advised to call the following numbers of the NUJ Taskforce: 08060532805, 08066596452, 08032649623 – to report activities of any fake journalists caught in the act.”
State Secretary, NUJ.
5th January, 2023.