The Campaign Team of “Umaru Fofana for SLAJ President” has resolved that their candidate will not take part in the SLAJ Presidential Debate being organised by the United Nations Radio today.
According to a press release from the campaign team its states, “our candidate is of the view, and rightly so, that “the UN Radio debate will undermine a similar Presidential Debate being organised by Reporters’ Union and the Mass Communications Students’ Association (MACOSA) just ten hours later.”
The Reporters’ Union have shown us records of correspondences they had sent to the UN Radio over a month ago, requesting for airtime for their debate. So the reason for UN Radio’s apparent last-minute organising of a parallel debate at the dying hours leading to the main debate has not been convincingly stated to us, the release further stated.
It went on to state, “I would rather the UN Radio should work with the Reporters’ Union in organising the main debate on 22 November which is what the SLAJ membership and the general public have been aware of for over a month now”, Umaru says, adding, “this is the beginning of our strive to empower affiliate SLAJ institutions and give them more recognition in affairs pertaining to journalists and journalism”.
The release finally opined that, “We hope the two can work out an amicable solution to make the Saturday 22 November debate a success. We will then be available for any subsequent debate if it does not clash with our campaigns which are scheduled for most of next week.”