The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council, Mr. Umar Abdulwahab has said that the NUJ Building currently under renovation will be ready by October 1st to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
Speaking in an interview with Royal FM correspondent, Dada Bamise, Abdulwahab ascribed the speedy reconstruction to the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, disclosing that the funds needed for the quick completion were readily made available.
“Work has reached an advanced stage and it is moving at a fast rate. Thank God, His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has made funds available for the project. So at every stage the contractor needs to access his funds, he hasn’t been experiencing any hitch.” he said.
“He has also assured us that he is working towards delivering the project latest by 1st of October to mark Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary”
When asked by our correspondent of the benefits to be gained from the building, he stated that journalists will have an “enabling environment” to practice as that is crucial for the development of journalism in the state.
“Journalists need an enabling environment; a conducive working environment. With this structure in place now, it is going to be an opportunity to really do their work without hindrances.”
He concluded that the Kwara State Council of NUJ is preparing “new programs” and activities that will “further enhance the efficiency” of its members.
“We are packaging new programs; you are going to see a new face of the NUJ. We are coming up with a lot of activities that further enhance the efficiency of our members. And in the long run, we’ll be able to deliver on our mandate. It is a project that is going to have a positive impact on developmental journalism.”