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Delta NUJ Inaugurates Platform To Set Agenda For 2023 Elections Candidates



Delta NUJ Inaugurates Platform To Set Agenda For 2023 Elections Candidates

By Patrick Ochei
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council has inaugurated a committee to set agenda for candidates of political parties standing elections in 2023, naming the channel of activities as “The Platform’.

Inaugurating the Committee, the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said that The Platform was a creation of the Council to enable it to interface with candidates of political parties running for the 2023 general elections for the purpose of bringing them to interface with journalists in the state.

He quoted sections of the Constitution of Nigeria where the power to hold government to account and mount surveillance on the society was vested in the media.

According to him, times are gone when the union would remain silent and not activate constitutional mechanisms to interrogate the processes of elections and the actors involved.

He declared that the time had come to get involved by engaging different political parties and their candidates through The Platform.

Comrade Ikeogwu emphasised that the engagement would cover all candidates from House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship. He noted that it would afford the electorate the opportunity to make informed decisions on who to represent them.

He used the medium to call on political parties fielding candidates for the 2023 general elections in Delta State to prepare their candidates for the engagement aimed at showcasing the candidates, their policies, programmes and plans for the actualization of their mandate when they eventually emerge from the elections.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Sony Neme assured the Chairman and the State Working Committee of NUJ that the programme would not fail.

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He said that he and other members of the committee would work to reciprocate the implicit confidence reposed in them to carry out the onerous task of getting candidates standing elections to talk to Nigerians and Deltans in particular.

The committee comprises eminent journalists such as Chief Sony Neme as Chairman, Chief Festus Ahon as Alternate Chairman, Deacon Chijioke Ugbolue as Secretary, Barr. Akpokona Omafuaire, Comrade Sunny Apah, Comrade Shedrack Onitsha, Comrade Theophilus Onojeghen and Lady Nneka Ozegbe.

Others are Comrade Felix Igbekoyi, Comrade Nkem Nwaeke, Lady Lucy Ezeliora, Chief Emmanuel Ekebe, Comrade Nelson Agbajor, Comrade Abel Johngold and Comrade Barry Agbanigbe.

The Secretary of the Council, Comrade Patrick Ochei commended the committee members for accepting to serve the union at a critical time as this, urging them to make the union proud by representing it in good light.

He said that in times of elections, the people look towards the journalist as their hope and defender, maintaining that such credible image being portrayed over the years by the NUJ must be nurtured and well represented.


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Stop Panic Buying, Fuel Subsidy Removal Not Immediate – Tinubu



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President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the removal of subsidy would not be immediate and that they should stop panic buying of petroleum.

The president’s position was stated by the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Media Centre.

In a statement, the centre urged the public to relax panic-buying that has ensued as a result of his speech.

The statement explained the development is neither new nor an action of his new administration.

The Tweet reads: “The public is advised to note that President Bola Tinubu’s declaration that “subsidy is gone” is neither a new development nor an action of his new administration.

“He was merely communicating the status quo, considering that the previous administration’s budget for fuel subsidy was planned and approved to last for only the first half of the year.

“Effectively, this means that by the end of June, the Federal Government will be without funds to continue the subsidy regime, translating to its termination.

“The panic-buying that has ensued as a result of the communication is needless; it will not take immediate effect.

“Furthermore, President Tinubu was clear about his plans to re-channel the funds previously devoted to the payment of subsidies into better investments that will cushion the effects of the removal on the general public, especially the poor of the poor. This includes but is not limited to investments in public infrastructure, education, healthcare and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions of Nigerians and increase their earning potential.”

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BREAKING: Court Okays Death Sentence For Hilton Hotel Owner Adedoyin For Murder Of OAU Student Adegoke



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Dr Rahman Adedoyin, the owner of Hilton Hotel Ile-Ife, where Timothy Adegoke, an Obafemi Awolowo University postgraduate student was allegedly killed, will die by hanging.

This was the ruling of the Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo.

Earlier, the court found Adedoyin culpable of murder.

The Chief Judge in her judgement said the owner of the hotel and two of his workers, based on the circumstances of the case established by the prosecuting counsel, Femi Falana, SAN, are found culpable of conspiracy to commit murder, and unlawful killing of the deceased.

Adegoke had lodged in Hilton Hotels and Resorts at Ile-Ife upon his arrival from Abuja on November 5, 2021, to enable him to arrive early for his examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro, Osun State, on November 6 and November 7, 2021.

He later went missing and was found dead buried in a grave following a police investigation of the hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin and its workers.

After Adegoke was declared missing, the police were invited and seven suspects were arrested after which an investigation commenced.

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Tinubu Names Dele Alake As Spokesman



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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced Mr Dele Alake as his Presidential Spokesman. He also appointed his SA on Digital Media and the State Chief of Protocol.

Ambassador Victor Kunle Adeleke is the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to the President while Olusegun Dada is SA Digital Media.

This were the first set of appointments by President Tinubu as the 16th Commander-In-Chief of the Army Forces in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dele Alake is a journalist and editor. He was a commissioner for information while Tinubu was a governor in Lagos State.


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