Media salary scale still feasible, says NUJ president

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NUJ President, Malam Mohammed GarbaABUJA – The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) says the struggle for the actualisation of a new salary structure for journalists in , “the Media Salary Scale (MSS)’’ is still feasible.

The NUJ President, Malam Mohammed Garba, said this on the sidelines of a condolence visit to the NUJ Secretariat by the leadership of the Labour Interactive Forum in Abuja on .

The forum, an arm of the Nigerian Labour (), was at the NUJ secretariat to condole with the union on the recent demise of its former President, Mr Ndagene Aku.

Garba said the struggle for enhanced remuneration for journalists in public and organisations was still on course and would be actualised.

“The issue of the MSS is still on course and we have even gone ahead to enhance our position by reviewing our proposal to make holistic.

“What we are working on at the moment is the media enhancement bill which we believe will benefit all journalists.

“The new proposal captures enhanced salary for workers, working environment and harmonised laws regulating practice.  We are consulting with at the moment.’’

According to him, the assurances are the media enhancement bill will be ready for transmission to the before the end of the year.

He said the union and the were worried about the condition of in the media industry in , adding the contentious would be addressed in the draft bill.

The president explained were also working on ending the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigerian Press Council (NPC).

He expressed the hope that the sector would be enhanced with the enactment of the Media Enhancement Bill.

The president restated NUJ’s commitment to fight for working conditions and other packages for journalists in .

Earlier, in his remark, the of the forum, Mr Raphael Okoro, said the group visited NUJ secretariat to condole with the staff over the demise of its former president, Aku.

Okoro said the group deemed to identify with the union given the late Aku’s struggle for welfare for Nigerian workers.[eap_ad_2] 

He said the forum would always stand for enhanced welfare and other working conditions for the average Nigerian worker.

Okoro said the NUJ remained a strong ally of the and the backbone of workers’ struggle in Nigeria.

He stressed the need for other professional unions in the country to emulate the NUJ by standing by and be at the vanguard of workers’ emancipation in Nigeria.

Earlier, the NUJ president also received a delegation from the Netherland-African Business Council (NABC) at the NUJ secretariat.

The delegation was at the NUJ secretariat to solicit the union support for the forthcoming Nigerian-Netherland Economic Forum to be held at The Hague in September.

Garba commended the delegation led by the President of the Nigerian chapter of the NABC, Mr Cliff Ogbede, on the forum’s initiative to support ’s economic transformation efforts through the forum.

He said the Nigeria had tremendous opportunities for investment that attract any serious minded entrepreneur.

He pledged the union support for the forum and any initiative that would put Nigeria on the path of progress and prosperity.

In his remark, Ogbede said the economic forum was an opportunity for Nigerian Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs to access funds from Netherland.

He said the Dutch had set aside a substantial amount of money to support the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Nigeria.

According to him, the economic forum will benefit SMEs in Nigeria and at the same time support the development of key infrastructure in Nigeria.

The group is in partnership with the Market Women Association of Nigeria on the economic forum. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]