NUJ boycotts Akwa Ibom assembly over media aide’s appointment 

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA) may plunge into oblivion as the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Wednesday, took a drastic decision by withdrawing members covering the activities of the house.

The decision came on the heels of the appointment of Mr. Nkereuwem Udom, a non-journalist with no relevant academic background in journalism, as the press secretary and head of press corps of the assembly.

The NUJ, in its unanimous decision during its state congress at the press centre in Uyo, disapproved the appointment and warned that any union member who fails to comply with the withdrawal directive would face severe disciplinary measures.

The union stated that the appointment posed threat to the integrity of journalism and the indispensable role it plays in society. 

It argued that such a decision undermines professionalism and expertise required for effective discharge of media duties.

This was contained in a communiqué signed by the state chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk and state secretary, Comrade Dominic Akpan.

Others, who endorsed the document were the chairman communiqué drafting committee, Comrade Iniobong Ekponta; alongside the secretary, Comrade Dianime Uko, and a member, Comrade Emem Okon.

“Congress directed all Journalists covering the activities of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, including the Press Corps to withdraw their services with immediate effect over the appointment of a non-journalist as the Press Secretary (Head of Press Corps) by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Otong,” the statement said.