Mr Mohammed Garba, the former President Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has advocated for the introduction of a contributory health scheme by journalists in the Country.
Garba, who is also the present Kano State Commissioner for Information advocated for this during a memorial colloquium for late Umar Sa’id, former Managing Director (MD) of Kano State Radio held on Tuesday at Government House, Kano.
“if journalists can initiate a monthly contribution among them, it will help them a lot, especially when one of them is sick, or loses someone.
“From that contribution, the hospital experiences can be settled, and for those that lost one of their immediate family, that contribution can be used to support the person.
“When I was the National President of the NUJ, we did our best to introduce health insurance for the Journalists, but after we left, the initiative did not continue.
“So, I think, such initiative will go a long way in ensuring the health of the members of the NUJ, and that will straighten their unity”, he said.
The Commissioner called on the Media organisations in the country to stick to their responsibility in terms of prompt payment of staff monthly salary.
He said looking at the caliber of people that attended the event, it is a clear indication that late Sa’id lived a very peaceful life with good relationships with people.
According to him, late Umar Said has lived a kind of life that most of the young journalists of these days should emulate to improve their profession.
Recall that late Sa’id died exactly one year today, in a ghastly accident along Zaria-Kano Road.