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CROSS RIVER ODDITY:ASUU canvasses improved welfare for journalists

LEGISREPORTS  NG   -   Academic Staff Union of Universities called for improved pay and welafre of journalists in the country.The academic body also urged journalists to seek for arewarding and improved insurance package that will assuage the risk incurred inthe course of doing their job.Chairman of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) branch ofacademic union, Dr.Nsing Ogar made the call at the NUJ press centre in Calabar when they paid a condolence with to sympathise on the death in a ghastly motor accident on Friday August 2 of three Journalists along Ilesa road in Osun State.

The deceased; Adolphus Okonkwo of Voice of Nigeria [ VON] kafiayat Odunsi of N.T.A and Tunde Oluwanike of FRCN died in a ghastly motor accidentin the course of their official responsibility on Friday August 2.Dr.Ogar who prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceasedsaid journalists need to have a rewarding insurance package that takes care ofthe possible risk that confront them in the course of their job.

He said ”I hope Journalists have an insurance policy thatassuage them in risk areas while doing their job, but if they don’t have Ithink it’s time they  initiate and institutesuch policy to take care of accruing risk in the course of their job.”Chairman of the UNICAL branch of ASUU, Dr.James Okpiliya wholed the ASUU delegation described the deceased as thorough bred Journalists.The state council of the union has urged members to take advantage of the NUJ Llife Insurance Scheme ”which could come in handy in case of any eventualities”.The event witnessed signing of the condolence register, prayerfor the repose of the souls of the fallen Journalists and facility tour round the Secretariat among others.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.

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