The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday called for better welfare packages for Journalists in Nigeria.
The Chairperson of ASUU, University of Jos chapter, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, in an inaugural lecture organized by the Correspondent’s chapel of the Plateau Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) in Jos.
Maigoro posited that, a good welfare package for media practitioners would reproduce professionalism and reportage that would lead to the growth and development of the society.
Maigoro, condemn the poor remuneration for journalist in the country, but argued that it is imperative to improve their welfare package.
In his words, he said, “A better welfare package for journalists in Nigeria will not only promote a better society, but will lead to objective reportage and professionalism.
“Just like teachers, the welfare package for media practitioners should urgently be reviewed upward.
“That is why, we will begin to have a media that will stand for the truth and reports that will lead to a better Nigeria,” he said.
He also urged both government owned and private media organizations to ensure an upward review of salaries of their workers.
In a related development, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, commended the chapel for organizing the event, stating that the government has been enjoying a good working relationship with the media in the state.
The Commissioner of Information and Communications, Hon. Dan Manjang, who represented the State Governor, said the government would continue to create an enabling environment for journalists to operate.
“We have enjoyed a good relationship with journalist on the Plateau; they have been very supportive.
“Government will look into the plights of journalists in the state and will collaborate towards a better and progressive state.”
The inaugural lecture which was delivered by Mr. Yusuf Gagdi, a member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency, had the theme; “Insecurity and the Quest for Lasting Peace in Nigeria: The Role of the Media.”
Earlier in his welcoming address, Chairman of the Chapel, Comrade Gyang Bere, said, “The choice of this inaugural lecture was deliberate as this is part of the Chapel’s contribution in building and strengthening peace and peaceful coexistence in Plateau and our dear country.