By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation Ethics and Values and lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency in Oyo State, Honourable Segun Odebunmi on Monday hinted that the Journalism Enhancement Bill before the National Assembly is to be accorded speedy consideration.
Honourable Odebunmi declared that he is ready to facilitate speedy action on the Journalism Enhancement Bill at the House of Representatives .
The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal constituency pointed out that he became aware of the bill just recently and that he is ready to dig it out and take immediate action on it to enhance professionalism in the media industry.
” The bill proposed the minimum entry point for editorial staff, conditions of service to commensurate with what obtains at the Federal Civil Service and the payment of hazard allowance to journalists, among others”, he said.
Honourable Odebunmi added, ” apart from remuneration, the bill also states that “The Nigeria Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria should ensure the implementation of the eligibility criteria for entry into and practice of journalism in Nigeria, as contained in the Nigerian Press Council Decree No 85 of 1992,” .
“All professionals and trade unions of media workers and owners notably the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) should partner the Nigerian Press Council and make it mandatory for all potential journalists to register with the relevant professional and regulatory bodies after fulfilling a basic requirement and be accredited to practice. They must also sign to uphold the code of conduct and ethics for Nigerian Journalists.”