Former president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Kano state information commissioner Malam Mohammed Garba called for the introduction of a contributory health regime by journalists in the country in order to help distressed members get rid of of the calamity that hit them in a way. or the other.
Garba, who is also the current Kano State Information Commissioner, made the call during a Memory Colloquium of the late Umar Sa & # 39; id, former managing director (MD) of Radio Kano.
It can be recalled that the late Umar Sa & # 39; id died exactly one year today, in a terrible accident along the Zaria-Kano road.
According to him, “if journalists can start a monthly contribution between them, it will help them a lot, especially when one of them is sick, or if they lose someone, they will be fully assisted.
“From this contribution, hospital expenses can be paid and, for those who have lost an immediate family member, this 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 journalists, but after we left, the initiative did not continue.
"So, I think this initiative will go a long way towards ensuring the health of NUJ members, and that will make your unit straight," he said.
Garba also urged the country's media organizations to fulfill their responsibility in terms of immediate payment of employees' monthly salaries.
The Commissioner said that, looking at the caliber of the people who participated in the event, it is a clear indication that the late Sa & # 39; id lived a very peaceful life with good relationships with his colleagues.
According to him, he lived a type of life that most young journalists today should imitate to improve their profession.
For his part, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim (NUJ) President of Kano State praised the virtues of the late Umar Said Tudun Wada, describing him as down to earth.
"I worked with him when he served as NUJ secretary on the state council and as my boss on Radio, his relationship with his team members was indeed cordial."