Former Nasarawa NUJ Chairman/Government Big-shot Swindles Union Of N1m By Rabiu Omaku, Lafia
The hunter is been hunted is the best word that qualifies the recent melodrama that occurred in the Nigerian Union of Journalist ,Nasarawa state chapter as it ex-chairman, Dogo Shamah of the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service ,Lafia siphoned N1m.
It was reveal that top Government functionaries were listed among those that swindle the union of money meant for the conduct of election to the tune of N1m.
The chairman of the NUJ,Dan Yakubu gave the hint at the maiden congress of the union held at NUJ secretariat along Makurdi road.
The union declared the embattled chairman a persona non-grata, giving him conditions to refund the money or face the wrath of the law.
Speaking on the agenda “Fall out of NUJ election funding ,The chairman advice union members and top Government functionaries that soiled their hands in the N1m loot to refund their share or face sanction.
The former chairman,it was gathered was given a whooping N1m for the conduct of NUJ election but divert the money with the conaivance of executive members who were given a take home of N40,000 each.
A source from the union secretariat unveiled that two prominent persons were involved in the dirty deal.
The zonal national secretary of the union,Wilson Bako said anybody involved in the financial incongruity should be punished accordingly,saying no defaulters will have a soft landing.
Bako pleaded with members to remain calm and resolute as the matter is with the police,The new crop of state executive has set up some committees with the sole aim of effecting changes in the union.
The committees are education committee,Press centre committee,Disciplinary committee,Ethics and Training committee and among others.
Dan Yakubu as cautioned news makers in the state to always come forward to the union secretariat for a press briefing,He declared that any briefing organized outside the secretariat is a media chat but not press briefing.
The former chairman,Dogo Shamah who was mislead by his cohort in the union connaive with some aggrieved members to impeach the chairman of the correspondent chapel who was accused of siphoning N600,000 meant for purchase of car engine.
As at press time, The ex- embattled chairman refuse to pick his phone.