Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed has called on the new National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Waheed Odusile to make welfare of journalist a priority. Governor Ahmed gave the charge yesterday in Ilorin in a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahaab Oba.
He therefore advised the new NUJ President evolve a mechanism to ensure adequate remuneration for media practitioners in the country. The Governor noted that the role of Journalism to national growth and development was too critical to leave media practitioners poorly paid.
“Just as it is done with other professions, journalism is too central for national growth and development to be left without adequate but commensurate remuneration’’, the governor said.
He also charged journalists to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession of social responsibility as Ombudsman that acts as check and balance on the government and the governed.
Ahmed charged Odusile and members of his team to also be magnanimous in victory and embrace an all inclusive governance strategy.
He pointed out that a divided house would never be to the greater glory of journalism and journalists in the country. The governor therefore promised to create better enabling environment for journalists working in the state.
He commended Journalists for the peaceful conduct of the election and commiserated with the former deputy president of the union, Comrade Rotimi Obamuwagun, over the recent loss of his wife.