Former President Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Kano state Commissioner for Information Malam Mohammed Garba has called for the introduction of a contributory health scheme by journalists in the Country in order to assist distressed members to be relieved of the calamity that befell them one way or the other.
Garba, who is also the present Kano State Commissioner for Information made the call during a Memorial Colloquium for late Umar Sa’id, former Managing Director (MD) Radio Kano.
It could be recalled that late Umar Sa’id died exactly one year today, in a ghastly accident along Zaria-Kano Road.
According to him, “if journalists can initiate a monthly contribution among them, it will help them a lot, especially when one of them is sick, or loses someone he will be outright assisted.
“From that contribution, the hospital expenses can be settled, and for those that lost one of their immediate family, that contribution can be used to support the person.
“When I was the National President of the NUJ, we did our best to introduce health insurance for the Journalists, but after we left, the initiative did not continue.
“So, I think, such initiative will go a long way in ensuring the health of the members of the NUJ, and that will straighten their unity”, he said.
Garba further called on the Media organizations in the Country to stick to their responsibility in terms of prompt payment of staff monthly salary.
The Commissioner said looking at the caliber of people that attended the event, it is a clear indication that late Sa’id lived a very peaceful life with good relationships with his colleagues.
According to him, he has lived a kind of life that most of the young journalists of these days should emulate to improve their profession.
On his part the Kano state Chairman of the (NUJ) Comrade Abbas Ibrahim extolled the virtues of late Umar Said Tudun wada describing him as down to earth.
” I have worked with him when he served as Secretary of the NUJ at the state Council and as my boss at Radio his relationship with members of his staff was indeed cordial.”
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