Expert advocates better welfare pakage for journalists
By Fatima Muraina
An Economic expert, Elder Fessy Olabode has called on the Ondo State government to treat professional journalists specially like the health workers, stressing that they are the most vulnerable among the essential workers in the state and the country at large.
Elder Olabode made this statement in a chat with The Hope yesterday in Akure the Ondo State capital.
Olabode commended the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on his recent approval of additional allowance for health workers said journalists too should be considered for such package.
His words, ” We should also take care of our Journalists who make news available to us the way we take care of our health workers .
“At least, if the health workers are getting 50 percent addition to their pay, 20 percent should be added to journalists pay.”
He said Journalists are exposed to harzardous threat in the course of their reportorial duty working during odd hours when people are expected to stay safe at home.
“They are exposed to dangers like interviewing infected persons and many of them are not getting the PPE when going to danger zones”.
“Pallative is not enough but they should also be entitled to hazard or risk allowance,” he said.
He expressed dissatisfaction that journalists were not often considered when it comes to welfare packages.
He said there was need to encourage them more in their duties beyond giving them pallatives, by seeing them as very special essential workers like the health officials .
He, however, called on the leadership of the Pen profession to demand for what is due to them.