…Laments Non- Payment Of Salaries By Raypower, AIT, Vanguard, Champion Newspapers , others Before Lock Down
As the total lock down against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council has appealed to media owners to provide necessary preventive measures against COVID -19 in their respective media establishments.
These measures when provided, the union stated would bring about easy reportage and coverage by members, who are also classified as essential workers by the Federal and State Governments.
This appeal was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of Lagos Council, Dr. Qasim Akinreti and the Secretary, Comrade Alfred Odifa.
The union urged media owners and journalists to adhere strictly to the social distancing and other stipulated precautionary measures.
“We are worried and concerned for our members at this trying period,” the union said.
While the union commended the concerted efforts by the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control(NCDC) on the Coronavirus scourge, media owners should complement the State Government’s efforts by doing everything possible to provide palliatives to journalists in their respective organisations.
According to the union, “We noted with dismay the non- payment of salaries to our members for months preceding the lock down by DAAR Communications (Raypower and AIT), Vanguard Newspapers, Champion newspapers among others.”
The NUJ lamented that media workers have been left out of the government food items distribution as the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly did for the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW).
The union appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to assist the union in providing succor for its teeming members at this crucial time, urging members, who are not on duty to stay at home for the 14 days.