The Chairman of the National League of Veteran Journalists (NALVEJ), Kwara state Council, Alhaji Tunde Akanbi has urged the state government to implement Special Salary Scale for journalists in its employment.
He also asked the government to work out special allowances for all journalists covering COVID-19 programmes in the state as it did for frontline health workers.
Akanbi spoke shortly after the swearing in the new executives of NALVEJ in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday.
The NALVEJ chairman praised the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for bringing the state broadcasting corporation (Radio Kwara) back to life.
He, however, urged the governor to extend similar gesture to the state- owned newspaper, The Herald Newspapers and the Kwara Television Service to enable them compete favourably with their peers in any part of the world.
For veteran journalists, Akanbi urged the state government to tap from their valuable experiences by considering some of them for political appointments.
He promised to prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of all NALVEJ members in the state through a routine medical check up and health talks in partnership with the state’s branch of the Nigeria Medical Association.
In their goodwill messages, the state Commissioner for Communications, Alhaji Murtala Olanrewaju and the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the governor, Alhaji Sa’adu Salahudeen, highlighted some of the achievements of the Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration in the last one year.
Olanrewaju restated the commitment of the governor to rejuvenating The Herald and Kwara Television Service just as he has done for Radio Kwara.
For his part, Salahudeen assured Kwarans that Governor AbdulRazaq is in government to serve them, adding that “the governor’s achievements are physical on the ground for people to see”.
Earlier, Barrister Ibrahim Akangbe, had administered the oath of office on the new executives of NALVEJ.
An ophthalmologist with state General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr Abdullahi Taoheed also gave an health talk at the event where he implored Nigerians particularly the aged to regularly check their health conditions.
The new NALVEJ executives include Alhaji Tunde Akanbi (chairman), Comrade Ola- Olu Ajayi, (Vice chairman), Alhaji Mudasiru Adewuyi (secretary) and Christy Doyin (assistant secretary).
Others are Mrs Yemi Ademokoya- Agboola (treasurer), Alhaji Sule Sabi(financial secretary), Alhaji Ibrahim Salami (internal auditor) and Alhaji Abdullahi Olesin (publicity secretary).
The immediate past chairman and his deputy, Rev. Omoyele Akindele and Mr Kayode Adeyipo respectively were elected ex- officio members. Other ex- officio members are Prince Charles Osagie and Mr Niyi Olalere.
Source: Voice of Nigeria