Jega advocates enhance welfare package for journalists

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
File photo: Somali journalists demonstrate against an article appearing in the British paper The Guardian calling them corrupt, in capital Mogadishu

The Executive Secretary, Abuja National Mosque Management Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, has called for enhanced welfare package for media practitioners in the country.

Jega made the call at the 12th Annual Ramadan Symposium organised by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), on Saturday in Abuja.

He also said operatives of the EFCC deserve better welfare in view of the very sensitive job they do.

According to him, government and proprietors of media organisations must ensure better remuneration for workers in the media industry, so as not to compromise their integrity.

He stressed that for media practitioners to effectively fight corruption, they must be provided with all the necessary tools and benefits that would dissuade them from compromising their integrity.

The executive secretary urged journalists to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession and abhor all forms of corruption.

He identified corruption as the major impediment to Nigeria’s greatness and called on all Nigerians to support the Federal Government rid the country of corruption.

According to Jega, many years of mindless stealing and waste of public resources has brought bad name to Nigeria and reversed the hope and aspirations of Nigerians.

An Abuja based Islamic cleric, Malam Nuruddeen Abdulmalik advised journalists to avoid taking side on any issue, “because taking side is an act of injustice.”

Abdulmalik also advised media practitioners to provide level playing ground for all Nigerians to ensure justice and fair play.

The cleric, however, commended the Nigerian media for exposing corrupt officials and practices in the country and urged anti-graft agencies to discharge their duties without fear or favour.

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