By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Lawmaker representing Ibadan North East /South East Federal Constituency, Honourable Dapo Lam Adesina has advocated a fantastic remuneration for journalists in Nigeria
Honourable Adesina made the call in Ibadan during a courtesy visit on him by the executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Oyo State Council, led by its Chairman Comrade Adewumi Faniran,
The lawmaker pointed out that for our society to get it right, journalists deserve fantastic remuneration in order to boost their morale, saying the job of journalists doesn’t attract commendations from the public despite its hazardous nature.
“For the society to get it right, then the media must definitely get its bearing right. Just as the security operatives deserve a fantastic remuneration in order to boost their morale, the journalists too being the watchdog of the society should enjoy a good pay package, so as to enable them do their work without any fear or favour” he said.
Emphasizing that “the job is very crucial to the success of our democracy, just as it operates in the developed world,” Honourable Adesina added that” if there was no encouragement from either the government or the people, the tendency would be there for the media workers to be discouraged from doing their job as they ought to”.
“I want to really charge your executive on the imperative of leaving an enduring legacy. This is far more important than engaging in selfish moves at the detriment of the Union as a whole”.
The lawmaker however tasked the executives to redeem the battered image of the Union and embark on re -orientation of its members on the need to imbibe the culture of contentment and discipline “
Oyo NUJ Chairman, Comrade Adewumi who solicited the support of the lawmaker for the NUJ in Oyo state declared that there is the need for the journalists to put politicians on their toes so as not to deviate from their contractual agreement with the electorate.
Commending the lawmaker for finding time to host the Oyo NUJ executives, Comrade Faniran said, “I really thank God for granting me this rare opportunity to meet the Lam Adesina family. I used to meet with Baba Lam Adesina when he was alive, and he was down to earth person, disciplined, selfless in service and a patriot. Having you as his successor makes one happy. Let me then enjoin you on the need to keep up the good work and the good name built by the family”.