NUJ laments harsh economic situation, challenges faced by journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Niger State chapter has lamented the harsh economic condition of media practice in the state, saying within two years no fewer than ten retired and serving Journalists have died in the state.

The state Chairman of NUJ, Niger State Council, Abu Nmodu stated this during a condolence visit to the Council by the leadership of the Forum of Retired Directors to commiserate with Journalists over the demise of Niger State Correspondent of Africa Independent Television (AIT) at the IBB Pen House in Minna.

Nmodu explained that journalists play a great role in solving problems for the public in the process of social development but are faced with various harsh conditions without empathy from those in positions to help.

According to him, ” as members of the fourth estate of the realm, the pen professionals are exposed to dangers and do not receive a reciprocal of desired attention and support from relevant authorities”.

He called for improvement of the condition of service for Retired and serving Journalists to guarantee safety and ameliorate the suffering of affected individuals.

” I recall that within two years no fewer than ten retired and serving journalists have died in the state without empathy or sympathy

” They use Journalists when they need them but if they are sick or died, they will never show empathy or sympathy, that is their narrow estimation of Journalists. Journalists are far more important than their narrow estimation”.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Forum of Retired Directors, Shaka Adaba who led the team of retired directors said the purpose of the visit was to commiserate with journalists and media families in Niger State over the sudden death of the State Correspondent of AIT Mohammed Danladi Ibrahim.

Adaba expressed pain over the sudden exit of Late Mohammed Danladi describing the deceased as a dexterous and passionate journalist whose commitment to responsible journalism would be missed.

He then prayed God to forgive the deceased of his transgressions and grant the family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

It will be recalled that Mohammed Danladi Ibrahim passed away after a ghastly motor accident on Thursday, 21st April 2022 in Minna.

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