Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday advocated a comprehensive insurance cover and higher salaries for media practitioners in the country to boost their morale and increase their productivity.
Saraki made the recommendation as the Chairman of the opening session of the 5th Triennial National Delegates Conference of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), with the theme, “Fostering Safety of Journalists and Building Synergy with Agents of the State.”
The Senate President was represented at the event by Senator Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central.
He reminded publishers that recent events in the national, cross-border and global polity have undoubtedly put a lot of emphasis on the safety, sustainability, value, rights and moral standing of the average journalist.
He noted that journalists put themselves through difficult, often uncharted channels to ensure that democracy had its highest expression.
“It is thus incumbent on us, the custodians of this democracy, to bring to the fore viewpoints that will enhance the productivity and efforts of these professionals.
“That is why I associate myself with the call for journalists to be provided with insurance cover by their employers, be it government or private. I also want to canvass enhanced salaries for the professionals.
“However, these demand that journalists, through their associations, should strictly enforce adherence to professionalism and code of ethics of their profession.
“There must also be penalty for those who violate the ethics or behave in a manner unbecoming of a professional,” Saraki added.