NUJ backs appointment of Kosoko as GM, LTV

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Mrs Sola Kosoko, Acting GM, LTV

The Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ), Lagos Television (LTV) chapter has thrown its weight behind the appointment of Mrs Sola Kosoko as the Acting General Manager of the station, calling it a right choice that will improve the dwindling fortune of the first state television station in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the chapel, Mr Olumide Ojo said this in a signed statement in reaction to a publication criticizing Kosoko’s appointment by some unknown persons who alleged that members of staff of the station were not happy as she allegedly got the top job through her connections to the powers that be.

Ojo however countered such accusations stating that Kosoko has put in more than 25 years into journalism and broadcasting while she served under some of the best hands in the industry.

Ojo’s statement reads: “The attention of the executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ)  Lagos Television (LTV) chapel has been drawn to a write up flying about on some  social media platforms.

In the said write up, probably written by an illiterate or a half baked graduate, or deliberately written badly to confuse the trail of the writer, it was alleged that some members of staff are aggrieved with the appointment of Mrs Sola Kosoko as acting General Manager. It was also alleged that she got the appointment because of her purported relationship with powers that be, and that  her style of leadership might be detrimental to the growth of the tv station;

Mrs Sola Kosoko, Acting GM, LTV

The union executive, on behalf of our members hereby state categorically that the poorly – written story betrays known basic news values including  Accuracy , Factuality ,amongst others . As such,it cannot be taken seriously;

We feel pained that disgruntled elements , within and without; clamouring and lobbying for the post of the headship of Lagos Television are bent on using the television station as a pawn and a playground for their selfish motives. The recent interventions of Mr governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is not only appreciated, but is in tandem with the yearnings of our members.  These actions include:

  • Comprehensive renovation of the over 40 years old LTV building.
  • 44 months pension arrears bailout for members of staff  
  •  Non renewal of the contract of the immediate past leadership of LTV 

We also want to categorically state that Mrs Sola Kosoko is a seasoned Journalist/broadcaster with vast experience spanning over 25 years , working under the best in the industry. As a matter of fact, if it pleases Mr Governor to appoint her as the next General Manager of Lagos Television, members of staff will be more than happy to cooperate  with her to rekindle the dwindling fortunes of the first state – owned television in Nigeria, the official mouthpiece of the state of excellence;

We also want to affirm that , there is no rancour amongst members of staff in Lagos Television, rather, we are all excited and hope for the emergence of a member of staff, well- grounded in broadcasting as  substantive General Manager of our dear station.  The purported agitation is the figment of imagination, utter mischief and evil machinations of desperate elements trying to position themselves to take over the tv station and milk it dry;

The NUJ, LTV chapel strongly believes that we do have capable hands in-house , who are seasoned broadcasters, with  the wherewithal to take the organization to the next level. Indeed, recent experience has shown that ‘ foreign ‘ elements are not necessarily better than the  in-house personalities, especially with Lagos Television products doing very well in the ranks of private television stations across the country”, he concluded.

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