Ogun NUJ Raises Alarm Over Plot To Sell Secretariat, Encroachment On Permanent Site - The People's Voice


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Ogun NUJ Raises Alarm Over Plot To Sell Secretariat, Encroachment On Permanent Site

By Our Correspondent

The Ogun State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has issued a stern warning to one Mr Gbenga Olusoga to desist from encroaching on land belonging to the union.

The Chairman of the union Comrade Wale Olanrewaju gave the warning during a press conference held at the NUJ secretariat, Iwe Iroyin , Oke-ilewo Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Wale Olanrewaju, bemoaned the fraudulent activities of Mr Olusoga, who has been bragging about his high-level connections after he had illegally encroach into Land belonging to the Union.

The Chairman therefore called on him to immediately vacate the premises and failure to comply with the union’s demands would result in legal action against him.

The NUJ has also called on relevant authorities to investigate Mr Olusoga’s claims of having powerful connections and to rise up and address the situation.

According to the Chairman “Our site situated behind Providence Hotel at Leme axis, has been encroached on by unscrupulous land speculators/grabbers taking advantage of the land laying fallow over the years.

“This fraudulent act is orchestrated by one Prince Gbenga Olusoga who brazenly brags of his connection in high places especially the Governor and government of Ogun State in connivance with one Engineer Lekan Banjoko who has no connection to the land in the area but going about feeding fat on vacant lands with his cohorts in government relevant agencies. This he boasts of at different fora.

“Prince Olusoga, in flagrant disregard to NUJ ownership of the land, rented out our land to mechanics, panel beaters and the rest, collecting money and feeding fat where he did not sow.

“For the records, the said land has a genuine Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) openly and proudly presented by Aremo Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Ogun State while in office.”

Comrade Wale also accused
some individuals who are retired and serving staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing of attempting to sell the state secretariat of the union, popularly known as iwe iroyin, in oke ilewo.

The Chairman claimed that the sale was orchestrated by a retired surveyor named Bajo, who had connections within the mini

While fielding questions from journalists, The NUJ chairman also frown at the activities of sex workers who pararde the secretariat in the night and that has been portraying the reputable secretariat as a motel.

He referred to the women involved in this trade as “Olosho” and stated that the union had made concerted efforts to combat this menace. Despite these efforts, the situation has reached a crescendo and continues to be a cause for concern.

He said” With all our concerted efforts, these young ladies popularly called “Olosho” refused to cease coming to our secretariat to ply their illicit trades even in spite of the sting operations and other concerted efforts with security agencies to put to an end their unholy invasion of our premises. These, no doubt, has been a kind of dent on the image of the Ogun NUJ.”

He therefore called on security agencies to help in getting rid of the sex workers and drug peddlers who have turned the secretariat to their own.

Speaking further, the Ogun NUJ helmsman also condemned the unscrupulous use of Stickers bearing the name of Nigerian Union of journalists, NUJ pasted of vehicles belonging to non NUJ members.

He said that henceforth, the union will involve the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to arrest anyone that paste NUJ sticker in his or her vehicle and could not

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