The Chief Executive of the National Arts and Culture Council (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, said there was a need for mandatory insurance coverage for journalists given the risks and threats they face. face in the performance of their duties.
Runsewe, represented by Mr. Frank Meke, made the recommendation at a symposium organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Chapel, Lagos, to mark NAN NUJ Media Week 2022.
Runsewe, who was the programme’s main guest of honor, underlined the importance of journalists in society.
“The challenges of insecurity also affect journalists.
“It’s because security is also part of the social protection system that they need to do their job; a dangerous environment affects their state of mind.
“It is important that all journalists have insurance coverage,” he said.
He encouraged the general public to support journalists in their struggle because they could not do it alone.
“Journalists need our support, especially those in the field; NAN cannot do the advocacy alone,” he said.
Runsewe advised journalists to take good care of their health and get checked regularly.
According to him, journalists experience stress because of the coverage and the production of information.
He condemned the attitude of suffering in silence and encouraged journalists to confide in each other about their problems.
“The problem with us is that we don’t like to share our problems; look for your friend in whom you can confide.
“If you have a problem, share it; you never know who can help you. Also, you need to know that you are not alone,” he advised.
NAN reports that NAN NUJ Media Week 2022 kicked off on Monday, September 19 with a Health/Fitness Walk.