Kwara NUJ seeks Govt adequate attention on state media houses
By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya
The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the state government to pay adequate attention to the operations of the three state-owned media outfits for effective information dissemination.
The state Chairman of NUJ, Abdullateef ‘Lanre Ahmed, made the call in Ilorin while playing host to the Comrade Muritala Saheed Olayinka-led State Administrative Council (SAC) of the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who were on a familiarization visit to the State Working Committee of NUJ.
Ahmed noted that the state-owned media including The Herald Newspapers, Radio Kwara and Kwara Television required proper funding with modern equipment and gadgets to enable them compete favourably with their contemporaries in the country.
He also sought the intervention of the NLC on the restoration of weigh-in allowances to media workers in the state-owned media houses to encourage and boost their morale in terms of service delivery.
The NUJ Chairman explained that the call became necessary owing to the essential nature of the work in the media industry, saying that welfare of journalists and the likes in the state-owned media outfits should be prioritized and treated as essential workers.
He also urged the state government to review upward the subsidy palliative to workers in the state employment from the current N10,000 so as to be in tune with the economic reality.
Ahmed said the lingering adverse effects of the withdrawal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol on the masses should be critically examined in order to adequately mitigate its aftermath.
In his remarks, the state Chairman of NLC, Comrade Muritala Saheed Olayinka, regretted that the nation is experiencing a challenging time in the wake of fuel subsidy removal with the attendant inflationary trend.
He expressed the support of the labour movement for the agitation of media workers on restoration of weigh-in allowances to workers in the state-owned media houses.
Olayinka noted that payment of weigh-in allowances and provision of other incentives to workers are necessary for optimum performance and productivity.
The NLC chairman thanked the state NUJ and media outfits in general for the publicity support that has projected and amplified the activities of the organized labour.