By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Vice Chancellor of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in Niger State, Professor Mohammed Nasiru Maiturare has advocated for a robust insurance policy for practising journalists in the country, saying journalists lay down their lives in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
He said Journalists risk their lives daily to keep citizens abreast of the happenings across the country and should therefore be insulated from the vagaries of their recurring beats in educating, enlightening, informing and entertaining the citizenry.
Prof. Maiturare said the practising Journalist is exposed to lots of hazards on the job while there is no commensurate protective cover for the working Journalists in the country.
Speaking at this year’s Press Week lecture organised by the Mass Communication Students Association of the Mass Communication Department of the institution, Prof. Maiturare who spoke through the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Administration) Prof, Abu kasim Adamu at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor who spoke on the theme of this year’s Press Week entitled “Insecurity and Governance; The Role of the Media” noted that while the media was expected to chart the way forward on Nigeria’s match into democracy, the media practitioners were being exposed to dangers and impediments.
Prof. Mohammed Nasiru Maiturare said the topic for this year’s Press Week of the institution was apt and topical but regretted that media practitioners in the country were not adequately covered or insulated against harm and hazards.
He said the role of the media on the search for solutions to the myriad problems besetting the country were numerous but without corresponding insurance policy for practising Journalists.
The Vice Chancellor lamented over the incursions of social media into mass media spaces and noted that the negative impact of social media in information dissemination has done incalculable damages to quality information dissemination and media practices.
On his position paper, the Political Editor at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, (FRCN) Victorson Abenson, argued that the media the country had not done enough to in the fight against insecurity and good governance in the country.
The Head of the Mass Communication Department of the University, Dr. Tenege Samuel had in his address of welcome at the occasion, noted with pride that the Mass Communication Department of the University had stood tall in the institution by sustaining robust spaces for students of the department to interface with experienced media practitioners in the media industry in the country in the bid to nurture them professionally.
The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University was established about two decades ago as a state owned university. It is founded by the state government and the twenty five council areas of the state.