Dr Qasim Akinreti, Chairman, Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has stated that the Federal Authorities promised to supply incentives for the media trade to cushions the impact of COVID-19.
Akinreti made this identified on Tuesday in Lagos whereas briefing journalists on the state of the Nigerian media throughout these turbulent occasions.
He stated that the Minister of Info and Tradition, Alh Lai Mohammed, gave the reassurance that the plight of the media trade was already being appeared into.
The Nigerian media is gasping for breathe and the federal government must do one thing pressing to help the print media.
The Federal Authorities has agreed to help the print media trade after concessions have been given to the published media when it comes to 60 per cent reduction of the money owed owed the NBC.
The minister stated that federal authorities have labored it out; there have been discussions with the Newspaper Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN).
They’re ready for NPAN to offer them the information in order that authorities can announce the incentives for the print media, the chairman stated.
Based on him, the media homes have been in severe disaster, which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier than COVID-19, we now have been in severe disaster, whereas COVID-19 can be nonetheless on, we now have very severe problem on our fingers. Sadly final week, 200 of our colleagues misplaced their jobs on the Nation newspapers.
Prior to now, Punch newspapers was the primary to ship our members packing to the labour market and Day by day Belief did the identical factor.
And we all know earlier than we now have had some challenges with some media organisation resembling Daar Communications, Vanguard newspapers, Thisday, Champion newspapers. These are media organisations that haven’t been paying salaries.
Now these which might be paying salaries and managing to outlive determined to additionally shed the load. So it’s a severe problem, he stated.
Akinreti stated that reviews had it that NTA ran at a misplaced, identical with Daar Communications, and many of the personal stations had been simply struggling to outlive, therefore, a really severe time for the media in Nigeria.
We’re going to have interaction the administration of The Nation newspapers to make sure that as soon as the economic system picks up, they will recall a few of our members on compelled depart. We’re additionally speaking to Vanguard newspapers.
We’re interesting to them that in the event that they need to shed the load, they need to additionally give our members their cheques, in order that as they’re leaving, they’ll be capable to plan their lives, he stated.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)