‘Senator of the Year Award’: NUJ cancels proposed 'illegal' award to Dino Melaye

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has declared as illegal, the proposed ‘Senator of the Year Award’ to Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) by the Senate Press Corps.

Melaye and 14 other senators had been nominated for series of awards, slated to hold on Monday Oct. 9 at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

In separate statements on Monday, the National President of NUJ, Abdulwaheed Odusile and the Chairman of FCT Council of the Union, Ella Abech, said the Union had canceled the proposed award ceremony.

Signed by Mr. Gbenga Bamidele, Assistant National Secretary, the statement quoted the NUJ President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Odusile, as saying that the union has no hand in the purported award.

“The award, purportedly by the Senate Press Corps of the union, is illegal as the body is not recognized by the NUJ constitution to give any award to anybody.

The Union dissociates itself from the so-called conferment, as it did not comply with the provision of the Constitution of NUJ on such issues, hence the nullification of the award,” the statement quoted Mr. Odusile as saying.

The Chairman, FCT Council, Ella Abechi, has called off the award ceremony, adding that it was illegal and lacks legitimacy by the constitution of the NUJ.

“The press corps is not a legitimate organ to decide who to give awards to,“he said.

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