STAKEHOLDERS ADVOCATE IMPROVED SALARY STRUCTURE FOR JOURNALISTS, SUGGEST MEASURES TO CHECK QUACKERY

By Roundoffnews.

Stakeholders in the media sector have advocated an improved salary structure, security, healthcare and other welfare packages for journalists across the country.

This they believe will enhance the services of the practitioners and guide them against unwholesome practices and indiscipline.

This submission is part of resolutions reached in Ado Ekiti during  a roundtable discussion of stakeholders in the media industry put together by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Ekiti state council as parts of activities set aside to mark the 2019 NUJ press week.

The forum which was cochaired by the commissioner for information, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua and Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor, Hon. Yinka Oyebode traced the basis of various unethical activities of journalists to poor economic situation.

Though, the forum stressed the need for journalist to develop moral and professional discipline irrespective of their situation, it agreed that if the practitioners were well remunerated the level of unprofessional conducts and indiscipline would be reduced.

The stakeholder appealed to government and coordinating unions to encourage media proprietors to pay journalists on their payroll  as and when due while efforts must be put in place to push for insurance scheme for  journalists to enhance  their commitment to duty.

The stakeholders called for adequate implementation of the ethical rules and regulations of journalism by media organizations and relevant bodies such as NUJ and Nigeria press Council while thorough screening that involves the National secretariat of NUJ in collaboration with the state councils should be maintained in order to check and prevent quackery.

The assembly also suggested the need to change the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ to  Association of journalists, to accommodate professionals working with private organizations that does not unionize.

Other resolutions include the need for Journalists to be sincere and  prudent  in managing the resources of their employers and shun acts that could destroy their place of livelihood.

That local Government Information officers at various councils should be up and doing while  their welfare should also be prioritized.

They should also be  given  the opportunity to attend the Executive council  meetings of  Local Government where they are serving.

There should be a charter that will create platform
for members of the public to identify genuine and professional journalists.