The Nigeria Union of Journalist has packed to her permanent site at Mabushi Abuja. This is the first time in the history of the union to have a befitting structure in the Capital of the nation. The union was founded in 1955 and had its abode in Lagos until 1992 which it relocated to Abuja. The new structure was fenced by the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed, for the union. And there was a waiver for the C of O. The President of the Union Mallam Mohammed Garba told the audience that the new structure cost the union over #30 million to erect. On the IIJ permanent campus whose foundation was laid by the Vice President, Arch. Namadi Sambo, Mallam Garba promised that it would be commissioned in six months’ time.
The chairman of board of trustees of the Union, Otunba Segun Runsewe said that II J would be the first of its kind when completed. He reminded the gathering that Kaduna State under Arch. Namadi Sambo as the governor held the best sport festival in the country tagged KADA 2009. He maintained that the vice president had been friendly with the union since his came to lime light as a politician.
The Minister of information, Labaran Maku, said that journalists always try not to fail whenever they are in position of authority, because they fear being criticized by those they have criticized.
In his remarks, the Vice President, Arch. Namadi Sambo said that journalists are last bastion of hope for the common man in their watch – dog role in the society. He revealed that he acted as private supervisor to the project during construction. He pleaded with the public to always give information to journalist in order to help in making information available at all time.
The commissioning of the mini – secretariat and foundation laying of IJJ permanent campus was the first phase in the activities lined up for development of the headquarters of NUJ.