Press Statement by NUJ Kaduna Council Interim Committee
The attention of the Interim Committee and the State Executive Council (SEC) of the NUJ Kaduna Council has been drawn to a recent illegal declaration stating that the Al-Mizan newspaper has been deregistered by the State Working Committee (SWC) on which a vote of no confidence has since been passed and ratified by the Congress.
The syndicated news piece published in the Daily Trust Newspaper and copied from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was signed by Dauda Doka who impersonated as NUJ Secretary despite the vote of no confidence on the SWC.
We wish to draw the attention of the general public to disregard the display of desperation and sentiments bent on inducing crises and disunity in the Council to achieve some personal whims and caprices as exhibited in the said illegal deregistration of Al-Mizan.
Al-Mizan is one of the 13 Chapels of the NUJ Kaduna Council made up of several Hausa newspapers including Al-Mizan Newspaper, Gamji Newspaper, Dimokiradiyya Newspaper, Kunnen Gari Newspaper, Dillaliya Newspaper and Pointer Express Newspaper.
As a Hausa Newspaper and a private investment, Al-Mizan newspaper is publish by the Mizani Publication Limited that is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and is not a religious newspaper and is not owned by any Shiite organization as mischievously claimed by the desperate former SWC.
We wish to use this opportunity to remind the general public that some of the former SWC led by Zhiro Jarius and some unscrupulous elements have joined hands together parading themselves as NUJ officials and engaging in transactions in the name of the Union in total defiance to the decision of vote of no confidence by the Congress.
They even use the NUJ vehicles for personal commercial purposes and have refused to respect the decision of the Congress and peacefully handover to the Interim Regime chaired by Mr. Austine Anyebe of NTA Chapel with Bello Hamza of Al-Mizan Chapel as secretary.
The decision of the Congress which passed a vote of no confidence on the SWC that led to the dissolution of the SWC was taken in the interest of the State Council as a way of uniting the members and resolving the crises generated by the illegal impeachment of Garba Muhammad as Chairman of the Council.
All the constitutional processes taken by the SEC were communicated to the national body of the Union in Abuja in defiance of which the former SWC is still bent on conducting an illegal bye-election to the o ffice of the Chairman to further worsen the already deteriorated situation.
We hereby call on all chapels and the general public to disregard all the illegal activities and acts of desperation being displayed by the former SWC as we also call on them to peacefully handover to the interim regime and desist from parading themselves as NUJ officials.
We call on all chapels to direct all their correspondences to the Interim Committee as a way forward for the unity and peaceful coexistence of the NUJ Kaduna Council.
We will also use this forum to thank you all for the support you are giving to the Interim Committee as we plan to engage in steps that will clear the ground for new leadership in the Council.