1 The general manager of the National Arts and Culture Council (NCAC)Chief Olusegun Runsewe, says there is a need for mandatory insurance for journalists given the risks and threats they face in carrying out their duties.
2 Runsewe, represented by Mr. Frank Meke. made the recommendation during a symposium organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chapel of Nigeria News Agency, Lagosto mark the 2022 NOPE NUJ Media Week.
Runsewe, who was the programme’s main guest of honor, underlined the importance of journalists in society.
3 “The challenges of insecurity also affect journalists.
4 “It’s because security is also part of the social protection system that they need to do their job; dangerous environment affects their state of mind.
5 “It is important that all journalists have insurance coverage,” he said.
6 He encouraged the general public to support journalists in their struggle because they could not do it alone.
seven “Journalists need our support, especially those in the field; NAN cannot do the advocacy alone,” he said.
8 Runsewe advised journalists to take good care of their health and get checked regularly.
9 According to him, journalists live under stress because of news coverage and production.
ten He condemned the attitude of suffering in silence and encouraged journalists to confide in each other about their problems.
11 “The problem with us is that we don’t like to share our problems; look for your friend in whom you can confide.
12 “If you have a problem, share it; you never know who can help you.
13 Also, you need to know that you are not alone,” he advised.
14 NAN reports that NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 started on Monday, September 19 with a march.
NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 – Cultural Day
Wednesday, September 21 has been marked as a cultural day to showcase Nigeria’s diverse and rich cultures.
15 Staff members from various ethnic groups showcased their traditional dress, cuisine and dance.
16 NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 – Cultural Day
Some of the dignitaries who attended the public symposium on Thursday included representatives of His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal Abisogun II, Oniru from Iruland, Lagos and Dr. Patrick KorieMD, SUNU Health Nigeria (Occasion Chair).
Others were two guest speakers – CSP Nigerian Police Spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi (pictured) and Dr Samuel Aladejarea psychiatrist who is president, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD)Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba.,
M Bola Audu of Nestle Nigeria Plc and doctor Seyi OyesolaFounder and CEO of Critical Care Consultants – A3Cs (who presented at the event), among other dignitaries attended the program.