ABEOKUTA – A House of Representatives aspirant from Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Ogun State, Otunba Gbolahan Macjob has promised to sponsor bills that will checkmate charlatans and mediocres in the media industry if elected.
Macjob, who is contesting under Young Democratic Party, YDP said as a media professional, he would sponsor bills to eradicate untrained journalists, who are giving journalism a bad name.
He added that, he would sponsor another bills that would ensure publishers are responsible and they do not owe journalists salaries any longer.
The BBC director claimed that, the presence of moneybags and charlatans in the industry has bastardized journalism profession in Nigeria.
The former Press Officer to former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel stated this on Thursday while declaring his ambition at NUJ Press Centre, Iwe-Irohin House, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“Media industry in Nigeria has been hijacked by moneybags who doesn’t have journalism training. Many of the media owners in Nigeria are unprofessionals, but because they have money to set up an edifice with equipment they become tin-god.
“That is why, when I get to Abuja, I’m going to set machinery in motion to clean the industry of charlatans and mediocres. The way journalism is being practiced in Nigeria is appalling and worrisome to some of us from this part of the world practicing outside the country.
“Also, I will sponsor bills that will compel the publishers or proprietors to be responsible and ensure they don’t owe journalists salaries any longer”, Macjob averred.
He therefore, charged Nigerian youths to take the bull by the horns by joining politics rather than complaining on the social media.
Also speaking, Comrade Abidemi Aboaba who is also aspiring for the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta South State Constituency II, promised to bring governance to the doorstep of his constituents if elected come 2019.
Aboaba, a graduate of Agric Engineering from University of Ilorin pledged to invest in agriculture and empower the youths with modern agricultural tools.