Adeleke Adegbite, the Outgoing General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo state council has officially expressed his intention to contest the post of state Chairmanship of the Union.
Leke Adegbite, a journalist from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN Positive FM Chapel joined the race by picking his Nomination Form from the Credentials Committee and Flagging off of his campaign team in a colourful event held at the NUJ Press Centre, Alagbaka Akure, the state capital.
The event was witnessed by Elders of the Union as well as leadership of chapels from Owena Chapel (Hope Newspaper), State Information, FRCN, OSRC, Correspondents, Federated chapel, Adaba FM, NTA and Federal Information chapels.
Other contestants under the UNITY CAMPAIGN TEAM that obtained their nomination forms alongside Adegbite included, Hakeem Gbadamosi of Correspondents’ chapel as Vice Chairman for second term; Meshack Olaoluwa of State Information chapel as the State Secretary and Ngozi Aduloju of Federated chapel as Assistant Secretary.
Speaking after obtaining his nomination form, Leke Adegbite sought the support of NUJ members across the 11 chapels to actualise his vision of giving the union fresh ideas.
The Director General of the Unity Campaign Team, Reverend David Akinnadewo; Co-DG, Babatope Okeowo and the Team’s Secretary, Sina Adeyeye were on ground to present the Aspirants to the public at the event.
Other Elders of the Union who attended the campaign flagoff included a former Caretaker Chairman of Ondo NUJ, Sola Obagbemisoye; OSRC’s Taiwo Ibitoye, a former State NUJ General Secretary and Publisher of Trace News Magazine, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan; Tony Adetoye from State Information; Pastor Dayo Johnson; Tope Fayehun from Correspondents’ chapel; Olusola Alatise, Sina Ogunjobi, Kola Afolabi, Bisi Olominu, Taiwo Ibitoye, Wahaab Bankole (SWAN State Chairman); Segun Giwa (SWAN Secretary); Tola Gbadamosi (Vice Chairperson of NAWOJ), Lanre Cole, Moses Oyesanmi (NTA), Olayinka Ojo (Adaba FM); Augustina Okinedo (FRCN Chapel Chairman) as well as a Veteran Journalist, Sunday Ajongbolo were among over 110 prominent leaders and members who graced the event.
The NUJ electoral committee had set 18th March, 2022 as the date of election.
Leke Adegbite, winner of many professional awards including the Best Journalist of the Year (2021) as his versatility in journalism profession has earned him many honours and awards.
Few among them are; Four times Radio Nigeria Positive FM Reporter of the Year; three times Positive FM Best Staff of the Month; Ondo State NUJ Grassroots Reporter (Broadcast) of the Year (2011); Ondo State NUJ Political Reporter (Broadcast) of the Year (2013) and Radio Nigeria Positive FM News Editor of the Year (2018); he also bagged Award of the Best Journalist of the year (2021) from Egbe ÀGBÁRÍJO ÌGBÌMÒ IYÙN L’ÁGBÀÁYÉ among others.
Adeleke, an Alumnus of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko and University of Ibadan, had attended many professional courses, seminars and training workshops including Basic Journalism Course at FRCN Training School (now National Broadcasting Academy, Lagos) to boost his journalism expertise, while his profession has taken him to more 33 States of the country and the FCT as well as travelling outside the country.
Adeleke has covered virtually all sectors of human endeavours especially in Ondo state.
As an outstanding Journalist, Leke Adegbite has records of breaking, investigating and reporting many news stories/reports considered no go area by some, while his journalism experience cut across coverage and assigned as the Radio Nigeria Correspondent at the Ondo State Government House, Ondo State House of Assembly, Judicial Reporter at all Ondo state Election Petition Tribunals since 2007 till 2021.
He has held and still holding some professional, religious and labour unions’ responsibilities namely; Pioneer Vice Chairman of NUJ FRCN Positive FM Chapel; Second Chairman to lead NUJ FRCN Positive FM Chapel.
Adeleke was elected the General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council in October, 2014 and still holding the position till date after he won his second term election unopposed, while he is also a two term Financial Secretary of the Ondo State Public Service Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) from 2017 to 2022.
Adeleke is a member of some professional bodies including NUJ, Online Media Professionals of Nigeria; Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) and Alumnus of International Press Centre (IPC).
SOME OF ADEGBITE’S AGENDA FOR ONDO NUJ;
…. REMODELING OF PRESS CENTRE TO SERVE MEMBERS & ONDO NUJ FRIENDS BETTER
….. SECOND PHASE OF ONDO NUJ PEN ESTATE & PERFECTING THE FIRST PHASE.
….. FRESH IDEAS ON CAPACITY BUILDING FOR MEMBERS
….. REPOSITIONING OF IIJ AKURE CAMPUS FOR PROFESSIONALISM
…. IMPROVED WELFARE FOR MEMBERS
….. LAUNCHING OF ENDOWMENT FUND TO ASSIST DISTRESSED MEMBERS & FAMILIES OF DECEASED JOURNALISTS
….. ENROLMENT OF MEMBERS FOR NUJ LIFE INSURANCE SCHEME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL SECRETARIAT
….. REGULAR ENGAGEMENTS OF VETERAN JOURNALISTS, MEDIA EXECUTIVES & SETTING UP OF ELDERS’ ADVISORY COUNCIL
….. QUARTERLY MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR JOURNALISTS, THEIR SPOUSES & CHILDREN
….. FOSTERING UNITED NUJ & DEFENDING MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
….. CONTINUOUS SUPPORT TO FEMALE MEMBERS (NAWOJ) & SWAN.