Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that remunerations are generally poor in the country, he also commented about the salary of himself and that of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying they were not fantastic.
Osinbajo spoke while declaring open a seminar titled, “Journalists and Retirement Plan,” organised by the State House Press Corps at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said while he “earns about N1.5m as Vice-President, Buhari earns about N1.75m,” which, he said “are not fantastic wages anyway.”
He noted that many other officials were earning far less than what he and the President were earning.
He said although remunerations were generally poor in the country, the case of journalists was unique because many media owners were making the revenues but simply refused to pay journalists as and when due.
“Generally speaking, people are poorly paid, so there is a need to look at why people are poorly paid.
“Public sector earnings must be looked at and what should be paid and what is right for people to earn should be determined,” he said.
Osinbajo said market forces ought to determine how people were paid.
“Good pay should be a function of a successful media organisation when there is no cheating. Professional organisations ought to be involved in ensuring this,” he said.
He recalled how he visited a retired judge in Lagos and found he was living in a Boy’s Quarter before he embarked on a comprehensive review of judicial conditions of service.
The Vice-President also recalled his brief working experience with media houses as legal adviser, alleging that he was never paid for services rendered despite the irregular hours he put in.
Osinbajo challenged journalists to brighten their prospects and future by always seeking ways of improving themselves and getting better job opportunities with attendant improved income.
The Guest Speaker, Mr. Tony Elumelu, urged journalists not to see retirement as the end but a stepping stone to a better future.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, urged journalists to read books.
Adesina also advised them to learn new skills, so as not to become stale.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting
Three Nigerian television broadcasting media houses have been fined a sum of nine million Naira (N9,000,000) by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC over the coverage of the nationwide #EndSARS protest against police brutality.
Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV were each awarded an N3m fine over “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests across the nation.
The declaration was announced during a press conference on Monday, October 26 at the federal capital territory, Abuja, by the acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba.
Shehu Sani Reacts As FG Considers Giving Electricity To Chad
Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has described the plan of the Federal Government to export electricity to Chad as absurd.
In a report circulated by PUNCH, it is believed that the federal government is considering supplying electricity to the Republic of Chad following a recent request by the neighboring country.
This follows a statement by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria that a meeting was held last week to discuss the possibilities of connecting the neighboring country.
The report has led to widespread condemnation of the government by Nigerians, querying how a country that doesn’t have stable electricity plans to export the little it generates.
Reacting to the report, the former lawmaker wrote:
“The idea of the FG exporting electricity to Chad in the midst of our ‘national darkness’ is absurd.”
The idea of the FG exporting electricity to Chad in the midst of our ‘national darkness’ is absurd.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) October 26, 2020
NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has assured that the National Assembly will get justice for victims of police brutality.
Lawan said the legislature will collaborate with the executive to ensure that rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are probed.
The lawmaker, in a statement on Monday, noted that the government has shown a commitment to implement the five-point demands of the #EndSARS protesters.
“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.
“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.”
He condoled with the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.
“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.
He, however, condemned the arson, violence, and looting in several parts of the country.
“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.
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