By: Prudence Okonna & Ngozi Ufomba
FCT General-Counsel/Secretary Legal Services Secretariat, Barrister Salman Dako, has pledged his unwavering support to the Nigerian Union Journalists (NUJ), Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Chapel in the discharge of the union’s activities.
The General-Counsel gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by the NUJ FCTA chapel newly elected executives to his office, at the FCTA Secretariat in Abuja, Thursday.
Dako pledged his support on the submission made by the executives of NUJ FCTA chapel on the need to upgrade the Department to a Secretariat to enable the department maximize its potentials.
He promised to use his good office and legal prowess to support the members of the Chapel as the need arises.
The Secretary noted that the noble job of promoting the policies and activities of the FCT Administration which is done by information officers/Public Relation Officers and Journalists in the system is commendable and should not be ignored.
Dako also emphasized the need to equip all information managers across the Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) in the FCT with the requisite funding to carry out their jobs effectively and efficiently.
He, however, charged members of the NUJ-FCTA chapel to be dedicated to their jobs by developing themselves to discharge their duties to meet up with global standards.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman NUJ-FCTA chapel, Ngozi Ufomba, while congratulating the Secretary on his appointment, appreciated him for giving audience to the executive members on what she tagged a “familiarization visit”.
She said the visit is aimed at strengthening the understanding and cooperation between the Legal Services Secretariat and the NUJ FCTA Chapel for a mutually beneficial relationship.
Ufomba rallied the support of the General-Counsel in the upgrading of the Department of Information and Communication to a Secretariat, because of the monumental role the Information Officers play in the service of the FCTA.
She also reiterated that the department has over 300 professional staff who need to grow to the height of their careers; adding that FCT is the only state out of the 36 states in the federation that its information arm operates through a department.
The executives present include Chairman: Ngozi Ufomba, Vice Chairman: Hassan Sodiq, General Secretary: Niyi Lawal, Tresurer: Innocent Mbadunugo, and Financial Secretary: Jimoh Olalekan.