The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council has urged the federal government to ensure prompt implementation of the new minimum wage for both federal and state government workers.
NUJ in a communiqué issued at the weekend after its monthly congress in Ibadan also called on the management of privately owned media organisations to be sensitive to the welfare of their staff.
After an extensive deliberation, the Council applauded the federal government for prompt rescue of the Dapchi students.
NUJ in the communiqué signed by Morenike Tony-Esan, chairman; Biodun Atilola, member; Sola Omolohun, member and Bola Ogunlayi, Council Secretary, urged government to put in place necessary security measure that would guide against a repeat of the unfortunate incident in vulnerable areas.
On the salaries of members of the National Assembly, it said that the information given by Senator Shehu Sani on the emoluments of, “our Senators should not be taken as one of those similar pieces of information that Nigerians have received in the past on how the lawmakers are using their positions to milk the nation dry.
According the union, Nigerians should rise in unison to condemn, “our lawmakers for their insensitivity and irresponsiveness to the sufferings of the masses of the country.
“We should rise to also defend Senator Shehu Sani for his boldness, concern and compassion for the governed and not to be allowed to be unjustly vilified like in the case of Senator Alli Ndume and Hon. Abdulmumin Jubrin,” it added.
The union reiterated the ban on holding press conference outside the NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan saying that any of its members that flout the directive would henceforth be sanctioned.
On the Communications Minister, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and his former Aide, Mr. Victor Oluwadamilare, the union urged them to allow peace to reign.
It also appealed to NUJ members to give fair hearing to the two parties in carrying out their assignments.