The leadership of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Imo state chapter has expressed shock over the purported suspension of its Chairman, Vivian Ottih from the Imo Broadcasting Corporation.
Ottih, a senior staff of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) was suspended for allegedly complaining about the delay of her salaries and her members for three months.
Ottih, a nursing mother is alleged to have addressed a press conference, where she complained about the non-payment of her salary and her members since February, 2020.
“NAWOJ feels deeply pained that her chairman is being disparaged all over the state, simply because she sought the assistance of her brother, an appointee to the Imo state governor.
“Rather, some persons including journalists used her personal letter to a brother as a news item, without her permission,” NAWOJ said.
In a statement jointly signed by its members, Shirely Munonye and Angela Nkwo -Akpolu, the association stated that at no point did Ottih address a press conference nor broke the rules of engagement as a staff of IBC.
According to the group, women put in enormous efforts in the discharge of their duties, coupled with the demands of family, especially as they work thrice as much to balance our acts.
“We refuse to keep quiet and watch our member slip into depression nor to commit suicide, over how she fends for her family, especially in this trying season occasioned by the effects of COVID-19.
“Ottih, who through sterling qualities has distinguished herself and the state NAWOJ deserves better, as we view this act of suspension as a gross violation of women’s rights.
“It is public knowledge that pregnancy, child birth and nursing comes with attendant challenges, which is very trying for women journalists,” it added.
The union therefore, called on the state Ministry of Information and the management of Imo Broadcasting Corporation to recall Mrs. Ottih from the purported suspension, pay her salary, and restate her with immediate effect.