By Ifeanyi Olannye
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday berated media owners for their continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries in the country.
The criticism of the union was conveyed in a statement issued and read by the president, Mr. Chris Isiguzo,
“The Union believes that this negative trend continues to have a negative impact on the practice of journalism.
“Media owners who owe journalists must meet their obligations in this regard responsibly and on time.
“A situation where some journalists are forced to work for months without any pay is an aberration and must be condemned.
The union also called on the federal government to provide COVID-19 rescue funds to the media.
“The federal government should take urgent action to save the media industry from collapse. A dynamic and independent media is relevant for a democracy and, as such, should be jealously guarded and protected, ”he said.
He praised TETfund’s contributions to higher education over the years and called on the federal government to inject sufficient funds into TETfund to ensure a complete overhaul of the country’s higher education system.
The union also urged the federal government to overhaul its security apparatus, as well as join the clamor of the state police, to strengthen the security system.
In the face of soaring unemployment and inflation rates in the country, the union urged the federal government to create more jobs in its ministries, departments and agencies, while urging the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to develop policies to reduce inflation in the country.
“The high rate of inflation has eroded the purchasing power of Nigerian citizens and therefore increased their suffering. Federal and state governments should consider providing assistance to citizens, especially now that the rainy season has arrived, ”he said.
He lamented the state of federal roads while urging a complete overhaul of the road network to little boy crashes on highways. as well as rapid rehabilitation of the rail system.
The union thanked state Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for approving the request to host the NEC meeting in Asaba despite the country’s economic realities.
He also commended the Governor for providing quality leadership to Delta, especially in the area of infrastructure development across the state, while congratulating him on the completion of the NUJ Press Center complex in Asaba. (NOPE)
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