By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
As part of its welfare scheme for members, the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has assured that it will arrange further medical check-up for the three photo Journalists attacked during the EndSARS protest in Lagos as from Monday.
The Council also said it has taken steps to augment the welfare efforts of the management of the broadcasters at the Lagos Television (LTV 8), as well as the security agents in the complex.
It lamented that the violent events of EndSARS protesters have left the media bruised and further plunged it into distress.
This was contained in a statement by Dr. Qasim Akinreti, Alfred Odifa, chairman and secretary respectively,made available to journalists on Sunday.
According to the statement, the Council will also humbly seek for an establishment of distress fund for Journalists in The Nation newspapers, LTV and TVC whose vehicles were vandalised.
It will also seek compensation for the damaged cameras for the Photojournalists.
The statement titled ” Message of Peace After Our Loss”, reads, Dear colleagues. Happy Sunday.
We are indeed in a very trying times in the state, in the media industry and the country at large.
The violent events of EndSARS protesters have left the media bruised and further plunged it into distress.
I had the opportunity of accessing the wanton destruction of TVC facilities from a distance at Ikosi yesterday. I walked round LTV and Radio Lagos/Eko FM as well as traffic Radio. I interacted with some of our colleagues and leadership of the organisations during and after the horrific attacks.
Specifically, I visited one of the photojournalists assulted by the hodlums and interacted with the remaining two including an exco member of the Lagos Council.
As part of the welfare scheme of the Union, I have taken steps to augment the welfare efforts of the management of the state broadcasters as well as the security agents in the complex. Further medical check-up will be arranged for the three photo Journalists as from Monday.
The destruction of madeia facilities is an affront on the Nigerian media which have always stand in defence of Free speech and democracy.
Our joy from available reports from the leadership of various Chapels, media organisations and other senior officials indicates that Journalists in the affected media organizations cought up in the crisis are safe.
However, the destruction of equipment and properties in the media houses are of great concern.
Accordingly, I have briefed the Commissioner of Information and Strategy as well as the Permanent Secretary. Further discussions will continue next week.
It will be recalled that the media organisations before now provides means of livelihood to our teeming members, we must support all efforts to assist our members and their organizations.
The NUJ Lagos State Council, will humbly seek for an establishment of distress fund for Journalists in The Nation newspapers, LTV and TVC whose vehicles were vandalised. Compensation for the damaged cameras for the Photojournalists will be pursued.
We are assuring our members in the affected media organizations that we stand with them.
Long live NUJ, Long live Lagos State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.