The chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ekiti State council, Comrade Rotimi Ojomoyela has called on Federal and State the governments to approve hazard allowance for journalists in view of this COVID 19 pandemic that is ravaging the country.
Ojomoyela made this known in a press release made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, signed by him and the secretary, Kayode Babatuyi.
He opined “World Press Freedom Day is set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press as well as remind government of their duty towards the press”. He maintained that the role of the journalists in the dissemination of information about the deadly coronavirus pandemic has bridged the communication gap in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.
The NUJ boss commended journalists at this trying period and urged them to abide by the precautions of the Nigeria Center For Disease Control so as not to become victims. He advocated for a special benefits for media workers as done to the health workers, calling on government at various levels to treat journalists like other essential workers.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Ekiti state council Commrade Kolapo Olatunde felicitated with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ekiti Council on the occasion of the Press Freedom Day.
Olatunde made this known in a separate press release made available to the news men in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state capital today and congratulated the entire world press.
“As compatriots and partners in the struggle for progress of Nigerian workers, we solidarize with the entire press in the world. As we jointly celebrate your unique anniversary, let us abide with the various safety precautions during this COVID 19 pandemic period in order to stop the sporadic and deadly effect “.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme is: “Journalism without Fear or Favour “.