By:Yahaya Zakka Minna.
The Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Niger State Council, Comrade Abu Nmodu has expressed concern over harsh economic condition of media practice in the state .
He stated this during a condolence visit to the Council by the leadership of Forum of Retired Directors to commiserate with Journalists over the demise of Niger State Correspondent of Africa Independent Television (AIT) at the IBB Pen House in Minna on Wednesday, 27th April, 2022.
Comrade Abu Nmodu said journalist plays a great role in solving the problem of the public in the process of social development yet they are faced with various harsh condition without empathy from those in position to help.
He emphasised that as members of the fourth estate of the realm, the pen professionals are exposed to dangers and do not receive a reciprocal of desired attention and support from relevant authorities.
He advocated for improvement on condition of service for Retired and serving journalists to guarantee safety and ameliorate suffering of the affected individuals recalling that within two years no fewer ten Retired and serving Journalists have died in the state without empathy or sympathy
” They use Journalists when they need them but if they are sick or died they will never show empathy or sympathy, that is their narrow estimation of Journalists , Journalists are far more important than the their narrow estimation.” He said
Earlier, the Chairman, Forum of Retired Directors, Alhaji Shaka Adaba said the aim of the visit was to commiserate with journalists and media family in Niger State over the sudden death of the State Correspondent of African Independent Television (AIT), Mohammed Danladi Ibrahim.
Shaka Adaba who led the team of Retired Directors to the Council, expressed pain over the sudden exit of Late Mohammed Danladi describing the deceased as a dexterous and passionate journalist whose commitment to responsible journalism would be missed.
He prayed God to forgive the deceased of his transgressions and grant the family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
It will be recalled that that Mohammed Danladi Ibrahim passed away after a ghastly motor accident on Thursday, 21st April, 2022 in Minna.