Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, FCT, chapter has frowned at media houses owing journalists who are working for them, describing it as dehumanisation of its members.
This was contained in a communiqué the union issued at the end of its council’s general congress in Abuja.
At the end of the congress, a 3-point communiqué was reached which has to do with issues affecting the practice of journalism in particular and the entire nation in general.
“Congress again condemned the emerging ugly trend whereby it is becoming a culture for some media owners to consider the issue of salaries and allowances an adjunct matter. It condemned media houses who have failed to pay journalists their salaries thereby reneging on their contractual obligation and dehumanizing those concerned.”
To forestall further occurrence, the Congress urged the Federal government, through the National Assembly to enact appropriate criteria for the setting up of media houses which will include adequate Capital Base. They also called on the federal government to immediately withdraw all the National Honours bestowed on media house owners who have consistently refused or failed to pay salaries to journalists.
Furthermore, NUJ FCT chapter also appealed to government to review the recent ban on importation of small generating sets as such ban have negatively impacted on small scale entrepreneurs who use such power sets to run their businesses. They suggested that the best thing government should do is to improve power generation, transmission and distribution.

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