Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Rt Hon.
Yakubu Dogara yesterday
reiterated the call on media
owners to ensure that
journalists were paid salaries as
at when due.
Dogara spoke when he led
the House leadership on a
condolence visit to members
of the House Representatives
Press Corps over the death
of Mr Otei Oham, a staff of
Guardian Newspapers attached
to the National Assembly,
urging media chief executives
to provide comprehensive
life insurance covers for the
newsmen.
He stated that as an institution
recognised by the constitution
in ensuring that the ideals
of democracy was promoted
and guaranteed and secondly,
holding public officers
accountable, it was significant
that they were adequately
remunerated.
The speaker harped on the
need for the proprietors to
create insurance schemes,
especially premium on life,
considering the dangerous
contour newsmen navigate.
“Let me reiterate the call on
owners of media to ensure that
journalists are paid their dues as
at when due,” he said, adding
that if the measures were put in
place, it would further spur the
media to do more to sustain the
real ideals of democracy.
Dogara condoled with
members of the House Press
Corps, late Oham’s family and
Guardian Newspapers for the
loss.
He said death was a perfect
will of God that could never be
changed by mortals, praying
the Almighty to rest his soul
and comfort the family he left
behind.
“God is the father of the
fatherless and the widow; only
God can comfort us, including
the family, press corps and the
Guardian Newspapers,” he
said.
The speaker, who signed the
condolence register at 2:35pm,
was accompanied by the deputy
minority leader, Chukwuka
Onyeama, majority whip, Ado
Dogua, and a retinue of his
personal staff.

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