The Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ on Thursday re-activated its plan for an Insurance Programs for all journalists in the country.
The President of the Union, Chris Isiquzo made this known in Abuja on the sidelines of a forum for the adoption framework on Police Media-Relations and Safety of Journalists.
Isiquzo disclosed that the Union is in the process of reviving the insurance Program and that it had set up a committee for the same purpose.
He lamented that 87percent of Journalists in Nigeria shunned the insurance program in 2013 when it was first introduced thereby leaving the Union stranded on the program.
According to Isiquzo, “the program was introduced to journalists in 2013 in Nigeria and it suffered set back because 87percent of Nigerian Journalists did not enrol in the program, that was the challenge we faced and the program did not survive”.
The NUJ President stressed that the Union has also resolved to continue sensitisation of people on the importance of the insurance program for Journalists.
“You shouldn’t wait to be spoon-fed, we have a good number of our colleagues that have died on the line of duty, some of them were involved in accident along with some Governors convoy and the Political office holders just visit the families they leave behind and they disappear”.
He called for demonstration of commitment from journalists towards the insurance scheme as soon as it’s re-launched.
Isiquzo emphasized that the issue of safety of Journalists in Nigeria is crucial to the Union as it will no longer condone incessant harassment of Journalists from any part of the country.
“Issues of clampdown on journalists and all manner of harassment on journalists from any part of the country will no longer be tolerated” he said.