Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in partnership with 4th Angle Konsult, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) have concluded arrangements to sensitise the people against social vices in the society.
To this, the NUJ and the NGO have gone into collaboration with the Kaduna State government on how to achieve a successful event scheduled for the second week of November 2023.
The General Manager of 4th Angle, Mr. Joshua Maude while briefing the NUJ Chairman, Hajiya Asma’u Yawo Halilu on preparedness for the event, disclosed that many organisations were willing to grace the occasion.
However, Mr. Maude appealed to NUJ as the bridge between his organisation and government not to relent in its efforts in getting the support of the State government as the occasion was fast approaching.
While responding, the NUJ Chairman assured the leadership of the NGO of the Union’s readiness to ensure the event comes to a reality, adding that building a better society is one of the primary responsibilities of journalists all over the world.
She promised to keep the State government on its toes towards the success of the programme, adding that relevant government officials have already been contacted about the programme.
Earlier, the NGO General Manager presented a copy of the sample of the book that will be launched and distributed free of charge to schools and organisations to sensitising the society against social vices.
According to Mr. Maude, “We are here to present to you with copies of our campaign materials against religious intolerance, violence, hate speech, tribalism, ethnicity and drugs abuse among other social vices in Kaduna State.
“The aim of this campaign is to change the mindset of the good people of the State because before now we used to coexist irrespective of religion, tribe and political affiliations. But in recent past, there is a big divide to the extent that people no longer believe in themselves, no longer trust one another, there is apprehension everywhere.
“So in our bid to build a better society, we feel that there is need for us to partner with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council to bring back the once peaceful coexistence in Kaduna State. NUJ as a major player in building a better society, hence our coming to partner with you to achieve this noble objective. We intend to print millions of this copy for free distribution to schools, religious organizations, organised labour and market places. We intend to launch this project with the support of the State government come November 11,2023 here in Kaduna.
“We are appealing to the Kaduna State to join hands with us towards building a better Kaduna State. We intend to extend our hands of fellowship to corporate organisations and other relevant agencies of government to join us in this fight against social vices. We have gone very far in contacting organisations like the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Interfaith organisation and other religious bodies.
“We have paid courtesy calls on some prominent organisations within Kaduna State. We are in contact with the national headquarters of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) because all of them are major stakeholders towards building a better society”.
While thanking the General Manager of the NGO and his team, the NUJ Chairman, Hajiya Asma’u Yawo Halilu assured that, “We will do everything possible within our capacity to ensure that this programme see the light of the day. It is our collective project and more so that we as journalists will never shy away from building a better society because it is one of our responsibilities as journalists all over the world to ensure a better society for peaceful coexistence”.