Revisit media salary structure to honour Akunyili, RATTAWU urges FG

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AGULU (Anambra) – The Radio, Television and Theater Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) has appealed to the Federal Government to revisit the Media Salary Structure as a mark of honour for late Prof. .
President of RATTAWU, Comrade Yemisi Bamgbose, made the appeal on in an with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Agulu, Anambra State.
Bamgbose was at Agulu with a RATTAWU delegation for the burial Akunyili, a former Information Minister, who initiated the idea of a media salary structure.
He said that though Akunyili was not a journalist, her commitment to improved remuneration and other welfare packages for media workers in Nigeria was heroic.
“She was a minister of information that cared about the welfare of journalists in Nigeria; she was one of the best ministers of information ever produced by Nigeria despite her background and qualification.
“Her demise is even pushing us to renew the struggle for what she started, which is for government to approve a special remuneration package for journalists in Nigeria.
“RATTAWU and NUJ will not allow the struggle for the media salary scale to go with her; we are in fact, calling on government to revisit the issue to at least, honour this great Nigerian ,’’ he said.
Bamgbose said that RATTAWU had sent a letter to the appropriate authorities, reminding them of the need to restart the process of implementing the special salary for media workers.
He said “the union has shown much understanding with government over the matter; is time for government to reciprocate our good will.
“We would have embarked on strike but for the recent challenges confronting the ; we did not want to be seen as enemies of our .[eap_ad_2] 
“That was why we suspended the idea but now we want to start proceedings to ensure that we achieve the goal of the media salary structure, the struggle of which Dora started,’’ he stressed.
Bamgbose decried the remuneration discrepancy that existed among workers in the ’s “so called” critical sectors, decrying that media workers in public establishments were yet to be treated fairly.
 “Other professionals are placed on special salary structures. For instance, those in education, health and other sectors enjoy special attention.
“Unfortunately, media workers are still left on the civil service structure which is not commensurate with the kind of work they do or hazards they are exposed to.
“Though Dora may have gone, we hope to continue with her struggle; for now, we call on the government to revisit the issue to at least, immortalise her,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agulu the town of the deceased former minister was in as her remains were laid to rest.
NAN also reports that her former colleagues in the , friends, relations, associates and well wishers witnessed the final burial rites of the late former minister, who was also former Director-General of . (NAN)[eap_ad_3]