The Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has concluded plans to inaugurate its task force on fake journalists.
In a statement signed by the Acting Chairman of the union Mr Sunday Aro and Secretary Alhaji Adeiza Momohjimoh which was made available to newsmen yesterday in Lokoja, the statement said that the committee will be inaugurated today (Tuesday) at the NUJ press centre by 11 :00 am.
According to the statement ,the task force would draw members from the Police , the State Security Service(SSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and members of the union, stressing that the task force was aimed at checking the influx of quacks into the profession.
While emphasizing to curtail the movement of unauthorized people into sensitive areas in the name of being journalists, the statement noted that authentic journalists from outside the state on official duties to Kogi State are expected to register their presence with the State Council of the union before going to the field for any assignment.
The union pointed out that “it does not recognised any press corps in any of the three senatorial districts of the state , we therefore warned those who are parading themselves as press corps from senatorial districts of the state to desist or face the full wrath of the law.”
The statement also advised government officials and news makers to be wary of fake journalists, charging them to thoroughly investigate those who approach them as journalists in order not to fall prey to fake journalists and quacks, saying they have infiltrated the ranks and files of the profession.
“This action is in line with the zero tolerance stance of the President Waheed Odusile leadership of the union against quack and fake journalists and all members of the union are encouraged to support the task force to succeed in its assignment” the council added.