Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Journalists village: NUJ seeks FCTA assistance

The Nigerian media may have been most affected by the outbreak of Corona Virus in the country, as the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, says a number of journalist have lost their lives and jobs to the pandemic.

National president of NUJ, Mr. Chris Isiguzo, who made the assertion when members of the union paid a visit to the FCT Minister, regretted that a number of members, across media platforms, have lost their jobs, because most media houses can no longer sustain their businesses.

Isiguzo therefore called on the federal government to assist media houses in order to save the jobs of members.

“It is also proper to bring to the fore, the impact of this pandemic on the media industry. We have lost a number of journalists to the pandemic and as we speak, a good number of journalists, across media houses, have also lost their jobs, because most media platforms no longer have the capacity to sustain to their economic engagement. We all know the media relies on patronage, advertising, financing support. But since the advent of the pandemic, the industry has experienced huge loses."

Isiguzo also called on the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to include the physically challenged and the less privileged in the territory, in the current fight against the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, noting that involving the less-privileged group in the fight against the pandemic would ensure that the group does not suffer more than necessary.

He however commended the FCT administration for its effort in fighting the pandemic to a standstill, noting that the dreaded disease came at a time when Nigeria was navigating through difficult times.

The national president of NUJ also used the opportunity to request from the minister hectres of land for the building of the proposed Journalists Village, which he noted would provide residential accommodation for journalists.

Responding, the minister noted that journalists have been partners in progress, in the Abuja project, even as he charged the media to remain major stakeholders in unifying society.

On the request for R-of-O for the proposed Journalists Village, Bello explained that the request was not new and has been on ground, adding that what was needed was a follow up for the actualisation of the project.

 

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