President Bola Tinubu’s government says Nigerian Journalists are working under the most difficult times and deserve better working conditions. Information minister Mohammed Idris disclosed this in an interview in Abuja.
Mr Idris, who said some journalists had paid the supreme price in the line of duties, assured that he would work within the available government resources to better their lots.
“Peculiarity allowance for journalists is a contentious issue. However, we all agree that journalists need to be encouraged and have their dues. This is because they are working under and during the most difficult times, and sometimes, they pay the supreme price just like members of our armed forces.
“Many a time, you see Journalists being embedded with members of the armed forces when they go to fight insurgents in the country, and many of them come back with injuries. You saw what happened recently in Zamfara, where a journalist lost his life because of the activities of bandits. These are not desirable things, and every minister of information would want to see that this comes to an end,” Mr Idris said.
He explained that Journalists also belong to the Nigerian state, adding that the country has its peculiarity in how it grades workers in their salaries and wages.
The minister emphasised why the government cannot just single out journalists on the issue of wage increase; it is important to look at the peculiarity of the profession and try to address them.
“I advocate that journalists should live better. I am also conscious of the fact that they operate within the confines of our economic boundary. It is, therefore, necessary that we look, not in part, but in whole, that at the end of the day, we are also seen to be responsible citizens of the country,” he said.