NUJ condemns non-payment of journalists’ salaries, decries rising inflation
By Lawrence Nwimo
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has condemned the continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries by media owners in the country.
The union said that the negative trend of withholding the salaries had continued to impact negatively on the practice of journalism in the country.
They decried situations where some journalists are made to work for months without salary, urging media owners who owe journalists to discharge their obligations responsibly and as when due.
This was contained in a communiqué signed by the national secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman on Friday, at the end of the meeting of the national executive council (NEC) of the union in Asaba, Delta state.
The union appealed to the federal government to urgently intervene to save the media industry from collapse reiterating its position that a vibrant and independent media was germane in a democracy and as such, should be jealously guarded and protected.
The union also expressed worry over the high rate of inflation that had eroded the purchasing power of Nigerian citizens. They appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria to urgently evolve additional measures that will limit inflation in the country.
Reviewing the contributions of TETfund to tertiary education over the years, the NUJ commended the management of the intervention agency, led by Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro, for doing an excellent job. They also appealed for injection of sufficient funds into TETfund to ensure a complete overhaul of the nation’s tertiary education system, believing that an increase in tax collection would translate to more funds to finance projects in the tertiary institutions which will directly improve the education quality in the country.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the union further urged the federal government to rejig the security apparatus to enable it effectively tackle security challenges, especially the insurgency in the North East, banditry and kidnappings, cattle rustling and other forms of criminality that have assumed dangerous dimensions, thereby making free movement of people, goods and services from one part of the country a difficult challenge.
Continuing, “to further strengthen the security architecture, NEC also calls on the federal government to accede to the clamour for state police to bolster the security system.”
While looking at the challenges of banditry in the Northwest, the union commended the approach of the Zamfara state governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle in the handling of the security situation in the state that has brought some form of respite and peace.
Additionally, they regretted the unprovoked killing of Nigerian soldiers while on assignment to help restore peace in some warring communities in Benue state and called for proper investigation to fish out the culprits. They also warned against the use of excessive force in the process in order to avoid any collateral damages.
The union tasked the federal government to tackle the problems of electricity supply with all the seriousness it can muster, urging government to enforce the directive on metering as Nigerians have been subjected to more punishment for being made to pay for energy not consumed.
The meeting was attended by national officers, state Councils and the FCT, deliberated on issues concerning the union and state of the nation.