By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Director, International Press Centre-IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, has called on the government at all levels to pay greater attention to the social services of Nigerian journalist’s welfare in the media industry.
The IPC Director who made the call in an interview with Reportcircle in Abuja on Wednesday, 1st May, 2019 to commemorate the 2019 May Day across the globe said many journalists have not been paid their salaries by some media houses or have been poorly paid.
Mr. Arogundade noted with dismay that, it is Apollo that Labor Laws did not apply in the media sector and used the occasion of May Day to call on the Nigeria Union of Journalists, International Press Center and other bodies that represent the interest of journalists to step up with the scale of agitations, campaign and advocacy for better welfare for journalist.
He pointed out that journalists are supposed to monitor governance and hold government accountable but where they are poor, some of them will end up compromised and the media cannot perform that responsibility.
The IPC Director called on all employers of Labour in the media sector to see to it that it is their responsibility to take care the welfare of the journalists.
“For us it is very importance as a journalist, we are supposed to monitor governance and hold government accountable but where we are poor that some will end up getting compromised, the media cannot perform that responsibility.
“So the welfare of journalists in very important that May Day, We want to call on all employers of Labour in the media sector that they see to it that it is their responsibility that to take care welfare of the journalists” he said.
Contributing, the Public Relations Officer of Primary Health Care Board Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Mr. Reginald Uhaegbu said the significant of Workers Day to bring to fold the contributions of Nigerians workers towards the sustenance to the economy and the country as a whole.
According to him, journalists are the only professional body that was captured in the Constitution, building nationalism and continue to hold government accountable but are the poorest in the benefits of the country governance.
Commenting on the 2019 May Day Celebration, the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, FCT Abuja Council, Comrade Deborah Yusuf appealed to the government to see to the challenges of inadequate staff manpower in the FCT hospitals.
According to her, only one nurse attend to 22 patients in a day which lead to collapsing of the staff on duty and urged them to employ more nurses and midwife to easy the workload of the members.
In his Opinion, the National Industrial Relations Officer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria-PENGASSAN, Comrade Mr. Nduka Ohaeri said workers Day is a day to reflect on how workers have been involved overtime with a historical perspective.
“For me it is a day to have a reflection of how we have involved overtime. Of cause, we are a historical perspective to this workers day but most importantly in Nigeria, we want to look at how far we have come. We have gone through thick and thin as workers in Nigeria, from the time when it was difficult to organize as labour unions because you have to face the government of the day who on one side will not be comfortable.
He advised government and management of every company to see labour unions as partners in progress and critical stakeholders in the business of governance in Nigeria.