Ugonma Cokey, Lagos
As workers across the globe mark the 2021 International Labour Day (ILD), Journalists For Christ has congratulated journalists and other media workers in Nigeria for the work they are doing in various organisations, institutions and agencies.
JfC President, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin in a statement, acknowledged the challenges journalists have to cope with due to economic and other factors that had affected conditions of service and led to loss of jobs.
Mr Otufodunrin then called on media owners in Nigeria to improve on the working conditions of their staff and provide necessary facilities to ease the job they have to do.
According to the JFC President, Workers retained should be adequately remunerated, while those retrenched should be paid their entitlements promptly.
“The situation where staff of media organizations are not paid for months and are expected to still perform optimally is not realistic and should not continue.”
“We implore media owners and managements to explore and adopt new business models and use of new technologies to enhance their production for sustainability,” he stressed.
JfC then prayed for God’s wisdom and strength for media workers and media proprietors in their daily operations.
Journalist For Christ is a faith-based Non-Governmental organisation devoted to enhancing the spiritual and professional development of journalists and other media professionals.
The International Labour Day, otherwise known as May Day is an annual event in which the 1st of May is set aside to advance the cause of workers, celebrate their efforts and push for improved working conditions.
Regular highlights on the occasion include rallies and public speeches, lectures and symposia. Each year comes with a theme, however, year 2021 is yet to witness this ritual as no new theme has been introduced, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, in some places where the 2021 ILD is being observed, the organisers have had to continue with the 2020 theme: “Maintaining Safety and Security at the Workplace.”
Edited by Eniola Ajayi
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