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THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FOURTH-ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY [PDF, 212 KB]

PREAMBLE

We, the members of THE FOURTH-ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY, a not-for-profit organization do firmly and solemnly resolve to provide for ourselves a Constitution and to be governed by the provisions herein contained.


ARTICLE 1:  NAME

The name of the Association shall be the INCORPORATED TRUSTEES OF THE FOURTH-ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY (hereinafter referred to as “The Association”). 


ARTICLE 2:  ADDRESS

The Registered Office Address of the Society of Professional Journalists shall be NO.43, STADIUM ROAD, ILORIN, KWARA STATE, or as may be decided by the BOT and NEC 


ARTICLE 3:  AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1. It shall be the mission and objectives of the Fourth-Estate Professional Society:

(a) To protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standard;

(b) To encourage high standard and ethical behaviour in the practice of journalism among members;

(c) To advance training and education of members through seminars, conferences etc at local, national and international levels;

(d) To initiate and adopt activities that would promote socio-economic life of members;

(e) To recognize and reward outstanding members for excellent and professional deliverance at work;

(f) To become a broad based membership association for journalists and other media practitioners;

(g) To work with other related professional bodies in ensuring that free flow of information is achieved and maintained;

(h) To promote and maintain peace, unity and good relationship among members of the association;

(i) To protect and ensure the protection of areas of common benefit of members of the association;

(j) To protect and promote freedom of information, as well as ensuring compliance with the relevant laws protecting same in Nigeria;

(k) To develop, organize and execute projects in respect of journalism and information management.

(2) In furtherance of the above objects, other strategic vision and objectives of the Fourth-Estate Professional Society include:

(a) To become a broad based association that would co-ordinate journalists and other media practitioners in achieving an overdue recognition of welfare for journalists and media practitioners.

(b) To unite media practitioners such as Reporters, Presenters, Online Publication Administrators, Freelancers etc by having a common Association to improve the practice and defend their course when the need arises.

(c) To sanitize the media practice of Jung journalism by creating an upward academic progression to the members through training and re-training.

(d) To encourage On the Job Training (OJT) for practitioners who are not trained but are willing to become professionals and Graduate members by writing the Professional Practice Examinations among other training avenues.

(e) To adopt “Catch them Young Policy” of students of Mass Communication or Journalism by involving them in the professional activities. 


ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP

1. The membership of the Fourth-Estate Professional Society shall be by qualification as a professional journalist, or by examination.

2. A professional journalist is any member of the Association who earns his means of livelihood through writing or sharing information to the public via print, broadcast or social media.

3. The Fourth-Estate Professional Society shall be classified into five broad range of professional membership genres based on their employment status as follows:

(a) Print media

(b) Broadcast media

(c) Social Media

(d) Academics Status

(e) Establishment Status

4. Each professional membership genre is further classified as follows:

a. Print Media

  • Reporters (iv)    Freelancers
  • Staff Writers
  • Correspondents
  • Editors
  • Proprietors of Print Media

b. Broadcast Media 

  • Reporters
  • Freelancers
  • Presenters
  • Correspondents
  • Editors
  • Proprietors of Print Media
  • Video Journalists
  • Photo-Journalists
  • Broadcasters

c. Social Media

    • Bloggers
    • Online Writers
    • Facebook Administrators

d. Academics Status     

    1. Lecturers of Mass Communication/Journalism in tertiary Institutions.
    2. Students of Mass Communications/Journalism in tertiary institutions.

e. Establishment Status

    1. Practitioners in Government Ministries and Agencies: Press Secretaries, Information Officers, Media Aides, Chief Press Secretaries etc.
    2. Practitioners in organized private sector e.g. Press Secretaries, Communication Officers, Media Relations Officers etc.

5. The Association shall train prospective journalists and re-train members through a tertiary institution which the Association shall be affiliated with, pending the time the Association would have her training school.

6. The required qualification for membership of the association shall be based on the following:

 

a. A member may be qualified based on Journalism Education acquired.

b. A practicing member may also be qualified based on employment opportunity.

c. A student receiving journalism training may also be accorded probationary student membership.

7.Members of the association shall be graded and designated as follows:

a. A member with not less than 15 years of work experience shall be graded a FELLOW and designated FFPS, and therefore referred to as a Certified Journalist.

b. A member with more than 5 years of work experience shall be graded a CERTIFIED MEMBER and designated CFPS, and also referred to as a Certified Journalist.

c. A member with less than 5 years of work experience shall be graded a LICENTIATE and designated LFPS.

d. A student undergoing journalism training and accorded probationary guest membership is graded a STUDENT.

8. Members of the association shall have rights as follows:

a. Right to membership Identity Card which is free upon payment of requisite/annual registration fees, and renewable every 2 years.

b. Annual professional Affiliation subject to payment of subscription fee as may be determined by the National Executive Council (herein after referred to as NEC) and Board of Trustees (herein after referred to as BoT)

c. All members are qualified for induction/Direct Membership admission as the case may be.

9. Members of the association shall have the following privileges:

a. The use of appropriate membership grade designatory after names.

b. Attend State, National and International Seminars and Conferences.

c. Protection of the interest of members in discharging his official duties where necessary.

d. Allow the use of BoT members or NEC members as a referee at work place where required.

 10. QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

The required qualification for membership of the association shall be based on the following:

a. A member may be qualified based on Journalism Education acquired as follows:

i. A member may be qualified if he/she has obtained Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in another field with additional qualifications of Professional Diploma, PPE (I) and PPE (II), of the Association. such a member shall be regarded as a Graduate Member.

ii. A member may be qualified if he/she has obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) or Degree in other field with Professional Diploma PPE (II) shall also be regarded as a Graduate Member, such a member shall also be regarded as a Graduate Member.

iii. A member may be qualified if he/she has obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) or Degree in Mass Communication or Journalism.

b. A practicing member may also be qualified based on employment opportunity and years of field experience.

c. A student receiving journalism training may also be accorded probationary guest membership.

i) A member may be qualified if he/she has obtained a minimum of Secondary School Certificate and has been a practitioner with ten years and above but without either a Professional Diploma, PPE (I) and PPE (II), such a member shall be regarded as a Direct Member.

11. TYPES OF EXAMINATIONS

  1. The examination types that may be written by members shall include:
  2. A Conversion/Post Graduate Degree (PGD) Examination for those practicing without journalism certificate.
  3. A Professional Practice Examination (PPE) which is necessarily required for Licentiate Members and those without academic requirements.

 

ARTICLE 5:  ORGANS OF THE ASSOCIATION

  1. The organs of the association shall be as follows:

(a)   Board of Trustees

(b)   National Executive Council (NEC)

(c)   Zonal Executive Council

(d)   State Executive Council

(e)   Campus Unit

  1. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • The Board of Trustees, together with the NEC shall be the supreme authority of the association.
    • The Board of Trustees shall composed of all the trustees of the association and past presidents.
  1. THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
  1. The composition of the National Executive Council shall be as follows:
  2. National President
  3. National Vice President
  • All Zonal Vice Presidents and their Secretaries
  1. All State Executive Council Chairmen and their Secretaries
  2. National Secretary
  3. Assistant National Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Financial Secretary
  1. Auditor (i)
  2. Auditor (ii)
  3. Ex-Officio (i)
  • Ex-Officio (ii)
  • Publicity Secretary
  1. The National Executive Council shall be in charge of policy making and the general supervision of the association’s activities, as well as that of its members.
  2. The National Executive Council shall have powers to summon or invite any member, person or number of persons in respect of any matter requesting such person or number of person’s attention.
  3. In case such invitation, such an invited person or persons shall not have a right to vote.
  4. The meeting of NEC shall be held at a place and time as may be decided by it.
  5. A NEC member may resign his/her position via a letter written and addressed to the National President or the National Secretary.
  6. Where there is such vacancy, such vacant position shall be filled by way of appointment by the NEC.
  7. In any event of filling such vacancy, the tenure of office of the appointee shall be determined by NEC pending an election.
  8. The procedure to remove an appointee shall be same as that of an elected member.
  9. ZONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
  10. The Association shall be divided into seven zones which shall comprise of all the states in Nigeria.
  11. The said seven zones shall be labelled as follows:
  12. ZONE 1 –      Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo having headquarters in Ilorin.
  1. ZONE 2 –      Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe having headquarters in Gombe.
  • ZONE 3 –      Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara having headquarters in Kano.
  1. ZONE 4 –      Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo having headquarters in Enugu.
  1. ZONE 5 –      Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Rivers, Delta, Edo having headquarters in Edo.
  1. ZONE 6 –      Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Taraba  having headquarters in Kaduna.
  • ZONE 7 –      Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasarawa, Plateau having headquarters in FCT.
  1. The Zonal Executive Council shall consist of the following officers:
  2. National President
  3. National Vice-President
  4. Zonal Vice Presidents
  5. National Secretary
  6. Zonal Secretaries
  7. Assistant National Secretary
  8. National Treasurer
  9. National Financial Secretary
  10. National Auditor(s)
  11. National Ex-Officio(s)
  12. National Publicity Secretary
  13. The State Executive Council shall consist of the following officers:
  14. a) The State Chairman
  15. b) Vice Chairman
  16. c) State Secretary
  17. d) Assistance Secretary
  18. e) Treasurer
  19. f) Financial Secretary
  20. g) Publicity Secretary
  21. h) Auditor
  22. i) Ex-officio
  1. The Campus Committee shall consist of the following officers among the students:
  2. a) Chairman
  3. b) Vice Chairman
  4. c) Secretary
  5. d) Assistance Secretary
  6. e) Treasurer
  7. f) Financial Secretary
  8. g) Publicity
  9. h) Auditor
  10. i) Ex-officio

NB: Adviser (The Head of the Department of Mass Communication in the Institution)

ARTICLE 6:        FINANCE AND APPLICATION OF FUNDS

  1. Each member shall pay an annual professional fee as follows:
  2. Student Members                    =                 N2,000
  3. Licentiate Members =                 N10,000
  4. Certified Members =                 N15,000
  5. Fellow Members           =                 N20,000
  1. The annual professional fee may be determined from time to time by the NEC.
  2. Payment of annual due is mandatory for all members of the Association.
  3. Annual professional fee shall be due and valid from January to December of each year.
  4. A one time Induction fee must be paid by a new member. The sum is to be determined by the NEC.

PROVIDED THAT:

  1. Members who joined the association any month after 30th June of any particular year, may be considered upon request to pay 50% of the professional fee charged for that year.
  2. Such discounted dues shall be valid till December of that year.
  3. The power to enforce these rules and regulations shall be vested in the National Executive Council.
  4. All monies raised by or on behalf of the Association shall be applied to further the objects of the Association and for no other purpose.
  5. PROVIDED THAT nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment of legitimate out-of-pocket expenses to members of the Association engaged in respect of the approved business of the Association.
  6. The Treasurer of the Association shall keep proper accounts of the finances of the Association, which shall include keeping proper documentation of the ways and manners of income received and funds expended by the Association.
  7. The financial year of the Association shall run from 1st January to 31st
  8. The accounts shall be audited at least once a year by an auditor or auditors who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
  9. An audited statement of accounts for the last financial year shall be submitted by the NEC at the Annual General Meeting.
  10. A bank account shall be opened in the name of the Association with such a bank as the NEC shall from time to time decide.

PROVIDED THAT:

  1. The NEC shall authorise in writing the President, Treasurer and Financial Secretary to sign cheques on behalf of the Association.
  2. All cheques must be signed by not less than 2 of the 3 authorised signatories.
  3. Failure to pay annual dues as at when due as stated in this Article will attract penalties which may include but not limited to:
  4. Lose of the member’s right to vote or be voted for in the Association.
  5. Lose of right to vote or participate in the decision making process at meetings.
  6. Lose of some other rights and privileges herein contained in this Constitution and on principle.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 7:                  NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

  1. The National Secretariat (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretariat”), located at the Headquarters of the Association shall be in Ilorin or at any location so desired and it shall consist of the following members:
  1. National President
  2. National Vice-President
  3. National Secretary
  4. National Treasurer
  5. The Registrar
  1. OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR:
  1. Registrar shall be the administrative head at the National Secretariat and the Secretary to the Board of Trustee.
    1. Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution the policy and general management of the affairs of the Association shall be conducted through the Secretariat.
    2. The number of members of the Secretariat as stated above shall include the numbers of Trustees of the Association;
    3. The provisions herein contained in this Article shall not affect any other provision as to the appointment, replacement and removal of Trustees provided in this Constitution.

ARTICLE 8:                  TRUSTEES

  1. The Trustees of the Association shall be known and addressed as THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE FOURTH-ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY.
  2. The Trustees of the Association shall not be less than three (3) in number except as in article 5(2b).
  3. A Trustee may hold office for 5 years but shall cease to hold office if:
    1. He resigns his office;
    2. He ceases to be a member of the Association;
    3. He becomes insane;
    4. He is officially declared bankrupt;
    5. He is convicted of a criminal offence involving dishonesty by a court of competent jurisdiction;
    6. He is recommended for removal by the NEC and backed by a two-third majority vote of members present at any general meeting of the Association; and
    7. He ceases to reside in Nigeria.
  4. Upon a vacancy occurring in the number of Trustees, where such vacancy affects the required minimum number of Trustees, a General Meeting will be held to appoint another eligible member by resolution passed by a simple majority vote of members present at any general meeting of the Association called for that purpose.
  5. The Board of Trustees, together with the members of the NEC, shall be responsible for the management of the affairs of the Association.
  6. The Trustees shall be automatic members of the NEC and shall be entitled to attend and have the power to vote in all meetings of the Committees herein contained and the Association.
  7. Among other things, the Trustees shall make moves to relate with the Corporate Affairs Commission hereinafter called the “Commission” in respect of but not limited to the following matters:
    1. The filing of Annual Returns to the Commission, which shall not be earlier than 30th of June or later than 31st day of December of every year;
    2. For the approval of any amendment or alteration in the Constitution of the Association;
    3. For the approval of any change in the persons or number of trustees of the Association;
    4. The filing for dissolution of the Trustees.

ARTICLE 9:                  COMMON SEAL

  1. The Association shall have a common seal.
  2. The common seal of the Association will be kept in the custody of the President who shall produce it when required for use by the Trustees.
  3. All documents to be executed by the Trustees shall be signed by such number of them and sealed with the common seal.

 

 

ARTICLE 10:                   MEETINGS

  1. For effective administration of the Association there shall be the following meetings:
  2. Annual General Meeting
  3. Council Meetings
  4. Unit Meetings
  5. Extra Ordinary Meetings
  6. Committee Meetings
  7. Conferences and Seminars

ARTICLE 11:                   QUORUM

  1. The quorum for the meetings shall be:
  2. In any Annual General Meeting the quorum shall be two-third (2/3) of members eligible to vote.
  3. In any other meeting, whether Executive Council Meeting, Correspondent Unit Meeting or Committee Meeting, including Special, Emergency or Extra Ordinary General Meeting the quorum shall be one-third (1/3) of members eligible to vote.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 12:      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

  1. The Association shall hold a general meeting as its Annual General Meeting, in addition to any other meeting, not later than 15 months following the first Annual General Meeting; Provided that:
    1. The first Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held not later than 12 months of the incorporation of the Association.
    2. An Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held at such place and time as the Committee shall determine.
  2. At such an Annual General Meeting the business shall include the following:
  3. The election of members to serve in the NEC;
  4. The appointment, reappointment and or replacement of an auditor or auditors;
  5. The consideration of an Annual Report of the work done by or under the auspices of the NEC;
  6. The consideration of the audited accounts;
  7. The transaction of such other matters as may from time to time be considered necessary.

 

ARTICLE 13:      EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS

  1. At the National, Zonal and State levels, the executive council meetings shall be held quarterly.
  2. The Council meetings shall be presided by the National President, and Chairmen as the case may be.
  3. The positions of Executive Members that shall be occupied in elections to State Councils and Correspondent Units offices shall include:
  4. Chairman
  5. Vice Chairman
  6. Secretary
  7. Assistant Secretary
  8. Treasurer
  9. Financial Secretary
  10. Auditor
  11. Ex-Officio
  12. Publicity Secretary

ARTICLE 14:        UNIT MEETINGS

  1. The Correspondents Unit meetings shall be held monthly.
  2. The members of the Correspondents Units shall at their first meeting elected a Chairman to preside over meetings, as well as other officers to coordinate the affairs of unit members and implement the policies of the association in that unit after affiliation.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 15:      EXTRA ORDINARY MEETINGS

  1. This meeting may at any time at the discretion of either of the organs of the association and shall be called upon a requisition signed by not less than two-third (2/3) of the members of that organ of the Association, having the power to vote and giving reasons for the request.
  2. This meeting may be called for the purpose of altering the Constitution in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution or of considering any matter which may be referred to them by the Committee or for any other purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 16:      COMMITTEE MEETING

 

  1. There shall be Committees as follows:
    1. Disciplinary and Ethics Compliance
    2. Affiliation and Examination
    3. Award and Privileges
    4. International
    5. e) Fundraising
  2. Where a committee is set up for a particular purpose, such committee may meet in a number of times as possible, so as to achieve its purpose.
  3. The Committee set up at an Annual General Meeting shall have the power to co-opt further members, who shall be Individual Members and shall serve until the following Annual General Meeting; Provided that:
  4. The number of co-opted members shall not exceed one third of the total membership of the Committee.
  5. The co-opted members shall have the right to vote.
  6. The Committee Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary, who shall be Individual Members of the Association, shall be appointed by and from the members of the Committee at their first meeting of being set up, unless otherwise provided by the authority setting up such Committee.
  7. Any member of the Committee who fails to attend 6 consecutive Committee meetings without reasonable excuse shall lose his/her place on the Committee which may be filled by co-option in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

ARTICLE 17:                FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE

 

  1. The Committee may make such regulations as its members consider appropriate for the efficient conduct of the business of the Committee and the Association.
  2. The Committee may appoint such staff as its members consider necessary on such terms and conditions as they may determine.
  3. The Committee may appoint sub-committees, advisory groups or working parties of its own members and other persons as it may from time to time decide necessary for the carrying out of its work and may determine their terms of reference, duration and composition;
  4. PROVIDED THAT all such sub-committees shall make regular reports on their work to the Committee.
  5. The proceedings and actions of the Committee shall not be invalidated by any failure to elect or any defect in the election, appointment, co-options or qualifications of any member.

 

 

 

ARTICLE    18:     CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

  1. In order to maintain professional efficiency among members, the Association shall train and/or re-train her members in form of Seminars, Conferences among others.
  2. Conferences and Seminars may be held in a number of times as may be determined by the Councils and Units.

ARTICLE    19:     INDUCTION AND INVESTITURE OF MEMBERS

  1. All category of Members MUST BE Inducted at an Investiture Ceremony as may be organized by the NEC.

ARTICLE 20:      CHAIRING MEETINGS

 

  1. All meetings of the Association shall be presided over by its President or Chairman as case may be, or in his/her absence, by his/her Deputy.
  2. If neither is present, and no information as to the reason for the delay or absence, after a reasonable time, those present may appoint one of their numbers to preside over the meeting.
  3. The Chairperson of any meeting shall have a second or casting vote where votes are equal.

 

 

ARTICLE 21:              VOTING

 

  1. Subject to any other provisions herein contained in this Constitution voting at any meeting shall be by Show of Hand.
  2. Subject to any other provisions contained in this Constitution all questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote thereat.
    1. PROVIDED THAT in case of an equality of votes, the President/Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
  3. Notwithstanding any other provision herein contained in this Constitution, where there are more than one member of the association contesting for a single post, the voting at such meeting shall be by Secret Ballot.

 

ARTICLE 22:                MINUTES

  1. Minute books shall be kept by the Secretaries and such Secretaries shall enter therein a record of all proceedings and resolutions passed.

ARTICLE  23:      ELECTIONS TO COUNCIL AND UNIT OFFICES

  1. Notwithstanding any other provisions contained in this Constitution, elections to councils and unit offices shall be conducted every three years.
  2. PROVIDED THAT: No member shall be allowed to occupy any office of the Association for more than two terms, whether consecutively or otherwise.
  3. Nothing in this Article shall affect the status of the Board of Trustees who are not elected.
  4. Where a member is appointed to fill a vacancy, the tenure of office of the appointee shall be determined by NEC pending an election.
  5. Subject to any other provision herein contained, any elected executive council member may be removed by a two-third (2/3) majority votes of members present at any meeting specifically called for that purpose for a reason which may include but not limited to a disciplinary action.

 

ARTICLE 24: AFFILLIATION OF STATES COUNCIL, CAMPUS AND CORRESPONDENTS UNITS

  1. STATE COUNCIL
  2. Each state shall be affiliated with the Association after payment of an affiliation fee as may be prescribed from time to time by the NEC.
  3. Such affiliation fee is renewable annually.
  1. CORRESPONDENTS/MEDIA HOUSE UNITS
  2. A Correspondent/Media House Unit shall be formed where members are up to ten in number and are affiliated with the State Executive Council of the Association where they are located.
  3. Any number of members less than ten may join any already affiliated unit of their preference.
  4. Each correspondents units shall also affiliate with the State Executive Council after payment of an affiliation fee as may be prescribed from time to time by the NEC.
  5. CAMPUS UNITS
  6. A campus unit shall be formed where students members are up to ten and affiliated with the State Executive Council of the State.

 

ARTICLE 25:      APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR(S)

  1. In addition to any other provisions as to auditors herein contained in this Constitution, Independent qualified and licenced Auditors shall be appointed by the NEC to audit the financial records of the Association annually and submit an audited report to the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
  1. The audited financial statements (balance sheet and income and expenditure account) duly certified by independent auditors shall be annexed to the annual returns and filed with the Commission annually.

 

 

ARTICLE 26:                DISCIPLINE

  1. There shall be a Disciplinary and Ethics Compliance Committee to instill discipline and maintain the highest professional standard among members of the association.
  2. State Executive Council shall have a Disciplinary and Ethics Compliance Committee to manage issues and complaints of professional misconduct and/or unethical conduct of members of the association within that state.
  3. Where the committee receives a notice of complaint against any member from any person, such committee shall have the power to hear the complaint, investigate, obtain any documentary or oral evidence from any person or persons as may be determined by the committee and summon any person for appearance and or production of any evidence.
  4. The documentary evidence referred above shall be any such documents or other things as may be considered by the committee as relevant to the complaint.
  5. Upon receipt of any complaint, the committee shall notify the member involved in writing, giving the member 28 days within which to prepare his defence and appear in person.
  6. After hearing the complaint, the committee may enter a verdict of guilty or not guilty.
  7. In the case of a guilty verdict, the committee may either admonish or suspend the member for two (2) years or refer the member of the NEC for expulsion.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 27:                TRUST PROPERTY

 

  1. The Trustees shall hold in trust all the properties of the Association.
  2. The title to all or any such real and/or personal property which may be required by or for the purposes of the Association shall be vested in Trustees who shall hold such property in trust for the Association.

ARTICLE 28:      STANDING ORDERS

  1. The NEC shall have power to issue Directives, Standing Orders and/or Rules for the Association, which shall come into operation immediately.
  1. PROVIDED ALWAYS THAT they shall be subject to review by the Association in General Meeting and shall not be inconsistent with this Constitution.
  1. Any Standing Order and/or Rules of the Committee which is inconsistent with this Constitution shall be void to the extent of its inconsistency.

ARTICLE 29:      ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

  1. The Association may alter this Constitution upon a resolution passed by the votes of not less than two-third (2/3) of the members of the Association present and having the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting or a general meeting specially called for the purpose.
    1. PROVIDED THAT notice of any such alteration shall have been received by the Secretary in writing not less than 21 clear days before the meeting at which the alteration is to be brought forward.
  2. At least 14 clear days notice in writing of the meeting setting forth the terms of the alteration to be proposed shall be sent by the Secretary to each member of the Association.

ARTICLE 30:      DISSOLUTION

 

  1. If the NEC by a simple majority decides at any time that on the grounds of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Association, they shall call a general meeting of members of the Association.
  2. Where such decision is be confirmed by a simple majority of those present and voting at the said general meeting, the Trustees together with NEC shall have power to dispose of any assets held by or in the name of the Association.
  3. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Association as the NEC may decide.

ARTICLE 31:      INDEMNITY

  1. The Association shall indemnify and keep indemnified every officer, member, volunteer and employee of the Association from and against all claims, demands, actions and proceedings (and all costs and expenses in connection therewith or arising therefrom) made or brought against the Association in connection with its activities, the actions of its officers, members, volunteers or employees, or in connection with its property and equipment but this indemnity shall not extend to liabilities arising from willful and individual fraud, wrongdoing or wrongful omission on the part of the officer, member, volunteer or employee sought to be held liable.
  1. The Treasurer may effect a policy of insurance in respect of this indemnity.

ARTICLE 32:      SPECIAL CLAUSE

  1. The income and property of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objectives of the Association as set forth in this Constitution; and
  1. No portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the Association.
  1. PROVIDED THAT nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of reasonable and proper remuneration to any officer, member or servant of the Association in return for any service actually rendered to the Association:
  1. With the exception of ex-officio members of the Committee, no member of the NEC or any office of the Association shall be appointed to any salaried office of the Association or paid by fees; and
  1. No remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth shall be given by the Association to any member of the NEC except repayment of out of pocket expenses or reasonable and proper rent for premises demised, or let to the Association or reasonable fees for services rendered.
  1. If in the event of a dissolution of this Association, where there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions, having objects similar to the object of this Association, such institution(s) may be determined by the members of the Association at or before the time of dissolution.
  1. Where effect cannot be given to the provisions of paragraph (3) of this Article, the remaining property shall be transferred to some charitable object.

 

ARTICLE  33:               MOTTO

  1. The motto of the association shall be: ‘Right to Information’.

ARTICLE  34:               SLOGAN

  1. The Slogan of the Association shall be: “Protect Journalism and Journalists”.

Dated this 23rd day of December, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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  1. BABATUNDE AKANDE SALAMI          MR. OLANREWAJU MICHAEL ABIODUN

PRESIDENT                                                 SECRETARY

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