COVID-19: NALVEJ chair advocates bail- out for media industry

Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin

The chairman, National League of Veteran Journalists( NALVEJ) in Kwara state, Alhaji Tunde Akanbi,has advocated bail- out funds for media industry in Nigeria.

He made the advocacy in his opening remarks during the monthly meeting of the union in Ilorin, the state capital.

Akanbi noted that the COVID-19 issue has further compounded the financial challenges facing the media industry in the country.

He therefore appealed to the federal government to grant bail out to the media industry to forstal further job loss plaguing the industry.

He lamented the plight of journalists working with privately owned media establishments ” who have to stay for many months without salaries or allowances. ”

” We also have information that a few privately owned media establishments that were managing to pay salaries of their staff before COVID- 19 have either laid off some journalists or slash their salaries by as much as 40 percent ,”he added.

He reminded government at all level of the crucial roles of journalists in nation building, adding that ” the welfare of these noblemen in the pen pushing profession should not be toyed with. ”

The NALVEJ chairman expressed delight that the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria(NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE), the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria ( BON) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ ) had made similar appeal to the Nigerian government.

Akanbi praised the Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for appointing a thorough bread journalist, Kayode Aremu as the new General Manager of Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation ( Radio Kwara).

He noted with satisfaction that the new General Manager has ensured that the radio station goes on air for 24 hours few days after his assumption of office.

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