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NUJ Lagos pays condolence visit to The Guardian over Najeem Raheem’s death


Editor in-Chief, The Guardian, Martins Oloja (right); Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Leye Ajayi and his deputy, Biola Beckley during a condolence visit by the union to The Guardian over the demise of the photo-journalist, Najeem Raheem in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, yesterday, led executive members of the union on a condolence visit to The Guardian over the demise of the newspaper’s senior photo-journalist, the late Najeem Raheem.

Ajayi said the union was concerned about members’ welfare, adding that paying attention to members’ welfare also meant coming to their aid when they need help and not when they have died.

According to him, if the union had got the news about Raheem’s illness, it would have responded by supporting him. He revealed that the NUJ, Lagos Council, is already discussing insurance policy for members and almost concluding discussions with an Health Management Organisations (HMOs) aside taking steps to key into the national and Lagos State health insurance schemes.

He prayed God to comfort the family, management and members of staff of The Guardian and friends of the deceased. Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Mr. Martins Oloja, who received the visiting NUJ executive members on behalf of the publisher and chairman of newspaper, commended the Ajayi-led executive for the condolence visit, enjoining them to continue the works the council has been noted for, one of which is visit to chapters.

“I want to thank you for remembering our colleague. He was a good person and we will miss him.” Oloja paid glowing tributes to Raheem, highlighting his commitment and passion for work.


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