August 16, 2022

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Affordable housing: Oyo NUJ launches ‘Journalists’ Estate’ July 21

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, will, on July 21, inaugurate its novel Journalists’ Estate, aimed at delivering affordable housing for its members.

NUJ Chairman in the state, Mr Ademola Babalola, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan, said that the 30-acre land would accommodate not only journalists but also friends of the media.

“The surveying and the master plan of the 30-acre land, located at Alapako Village on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, was done to accommodate both journalists and friends of the media, including politicians, captains of industry, professionals and a host of others.

“Tagged Legacy Project of the Ademola Babalola-led NUJ leadership in the state, the Journalists’ Estate was conceptualised to host housing estates, recreational facilities, schools, health centre, police station, hospitality havens and a host of others.

“The road networks within the sprawling estate will be named after Gov. Seyi Makinde and four former governors of Oyo State: Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, the late Alhaji Lam Adesina and the late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, among others,” he said.

According Babalola, the groundbreaking ceremony will feature the NUJ 2021 Public Lecture, entitled: “Nigerian Journalists and the Search for National Unity.”

He said that the lecture would be delivered by ThisDay Newspaper Editor, who is also the Vice-President (West) of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr Bolaji Adebiyi.