The Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is on the verge of making a refund to over 1,700 members who paid for the failed Pen Jewel Journalists Estate in Ogun State.
The Council has also reallocated Abaren Land, another project, to its subscribers.
The Chairman of the Council, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, made the above information known at a Press Conference which marked the kick-off of his re-election campaign. The event took place at Ladi Lawal Press Centre, the secretariat of NUJ Lagos Council, Alausa, Ikeja.
“Dear colleagues, you are all aware of the progress on the Abaren land. We have reallocated the land to subscribers. We are working on how members can get refund for the Dollars paid for the failed Pen Jewel estimate,” Akinreti stated.
Still shedding more light on the real estates, he stressed that engagement with both public and private sectors on the projects was done for the benefit of the Union and its members.
Elaborating on the pursuance of refund of the failed Pen Jewel housing scheme, the NUJ leader pointed out that petition was renewed with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as directed by the National Executive Committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
He said that alleged perpetrators of fund diversions were exposed along with the bank transactions.
Akinreti expressed disappointment that some members are selling off their portions of the Union’s housing scheme to non-journalists, in stead of developing the land.
The chairman highlighted his achievements on many other real estates. Such successes include: Purchase of land for agricultural purposes and lease of land at farm settlement areas in Ogun State; retrieval of NUJ Light House property from the former manager and the appointment of new manager for the property, and the renovation of NUJ Light House building which is making progress in phases.
Other achievements are the presentation of 18-seater bus to Journalists International School, Arepo, Ogun State, among others.
On ethical milestones, Akinreti said that he introduced accountability and efficient management of the Council’s finance by the introduction of Joint Alert accounting system and payment through vouchers.
He narrated that he invested in Treasury Bills, paid backlog of insurance for NUJ Light House and renewed the scheme, in addition to the payment of dividends to Chapels from the NUJ Light House rents.
“I stand before you to say we have been able to restore the integrity of our Union to a great extent. In recognition of this feat, the state government gave this Union 25 million Naira for the remodeling of our Secretariat at Iyala Street, Ikeja,” the NUJ Lagos Council chairman said.
He disclosed that his administration is reaching out to the state government and corporate organizations to assist the Union to complete the Turnkey Project.
Akinreti asked members of the Council to re-elect him, assuring them that he will fulfill his campaign promises and even do more.
He declared: “There is a need for us to consolidate on the achievements of the last three years and improve on what is on ground.”
Also speaking at the event, another contestant vying for the post of secretary, Mr. Raymond Tedunjaye New Nigerian Newspaper, promised to make the secretariat vibrant and render Selfless service devour of personal interest if voted into office.