As the total lockdown against the spread of the dreaded Corona virus disease continues in Lagos, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council has commended the efforts of the Lagos State government on its initiatives for palliatives.
The NUJ also appreciated the health care facilities put in place by the government in combating the pandemic.
A statement from the NUJ, Lagos Council says that media organizations in the state have been neglected in the distribution of palliatives, especially in consideration of the fact that some members are being owed salaries up to 64 months and the least is five months in the prints and electronic media .
The statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti and Secretary Alfred Odifa called on the state government to also consider paying retirees of Radio Lagos/ Eko FM and Lagos Television their entitlement.
“We are worried and concerned for our members at this trying period, the union has engaged and appealed to the Lagos State Government and Media owners for assistance as some of our members are indigent and those who retired are not paid yet. More disturbing too , are retirees in Radio Lagos/ Eko FM and Lagos Television, LTV who are equally not paid their entitlements,” the statement said.
The NUJ appealed to Federal and Lagos State Governments and Corporate Organizations to make contingency arrangements to its members in this critical period of lock down, adding that the union saluted the courage and professionalism of our colleagues on the front-line of COVID-19.
The newsrooms at any given day can never be empty, the continuity announcers, newscasters are always available in the studios to give update information on COVID-19.
The NUJ noted that, most media organizations are running out of the essential materials needed to guard against COVID -19 in the work place.
While the union has contributed its meager resources towards the welfare of its members at this critical period , we are soliciting for assistance from governments and well-meaning Nigerians.