The Chairman Lagos State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr. Qasim Akinreti, has been alleged of corruption – financial recklessness.
He has, however, reacted to allegations leveled against him by those who claim they have, in their majority, passed a vote of no confidence against him.
The chairman, in a letter addressed to the National President and copied the National Secretary in Abuja, said while all the allegations against him were figment of imaginations by those alleging, the issue of financial recklessness needs to be clarified.
He then explained: “Note there are three signatories to the acct of NUJ Lagos council and they all received alerts.
“They are Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
“There is a voucher system for payments and collections of funds signed by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
“There is an approved budget for income and expenditures. Financial reports are read out at Congresses. Until The VP advised we should read financial Statement quarterly.
“The Financial Secretary has stalled this process as he is not always available to read the report. The treasurer most times does it for him. No queries were raised at meetings on the finances.
“The financial secretary is ineptitude he does not present his books at meetings and treasurer has always come to his rescue.
“Salaries of staff are transferred into their accounts by the bank.
“The financial secretary has failed woefully to present council financial statements in the last three years. At most SEC and congresses he does not attend. Members have accused him of ineptitude.
“Where do they get the financial recklessness from?” Dr. Akinreti asked and hit the root of the allegations.
“Odifa and his team are working towards crisis in Lagos. They will not succeed. Samples of vouchers will sent to the Abati secretariat today. Thanks for your understanding and support always,” he concluded the letter.
The DEFENDER reported that questions are being asked why those making the allegations needed to wait for election time to raise their issues.
In the meantime, the Elders Committee of Union in Lagos Council have waded into the controversy and have summoned parties involved to a reconciliation meeting holding on Saturday July 4, while the state Congress earlier stated for that date postponed.
Our attention has been drawn to a brewing crisis in our dear Lagos State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
We urge the different sides to the dispute to exercise restraint and refrain from any act of omission or commission that may bring the State Council and indeed the Union into disrepute.
Pursuant to the need to ensure a peaceful atmosphere under which the matters at stake can be addressed and amicably resolved, we have invited the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Secretary and all other members of the State Executive to a crucial meeting on Saturday, July 4 at 12pm in the temporary Secretariat of the union at LTV/Radio Lagos premises.
We have also appealed to them that the Congress planned for this Saturday, July 4, 2020, following an earlier rescheduling, be further postponed to July 11 to give room for the intervention of members of the committee.
Lanre Arogundade, former Chairman, Lagos NUJ
Toro Oladapo, former President, NAWOJ.