By Ajibola Abayomi,
May 6, 2019
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council has reel out action plans to ensure further and adequate safety for journalists in the coverage of anti-corruption.
Top on the plan includes provision of safety manual for media practitioners.
Ms Abimbola Ushie, a representative of the Civil Society Engagement Rule of Law And Anti-Corruption (RoLAC), as well as other representatives of the European Union (EU) and the British Council pledged support for the union and funding of more training programmes for journalists.
The commitment was made during a one-day worship organised by the NUJ supported by RoLAC, EU and the British Council to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day held in Lagos on Friday.
It was the fourth in the series of EU funded seminar on press freedom being implemented by the British Council in Nigeria.
Speaking, the RoLAC official said democracy would not thrive without free press and called for more support for journalists in the course of their duties.
Chairman of the Lagos NUJ, Dr Qasim Akinreti said it has become imperative for the media to confront the scourge of corruption in different endeavours.
He disclosed that machinery was being mobilised to ensure further safety of media practitioners in the nation.
Parts of the steps to be taken by union according to him included: compilation of safety manual for journalists working on anti-corruption and other investigative cases, and provision of affordable technology to aid sourcing of stories.
He also noted that there was need for special trainings with direct impact on reportage of anti-corruption cases.
Akinreti explained that that the union would enhance further security for journalists through effective collaboration with the security operatives and other government agencies.
The plans also includes mobilisation of legal services to protect the interest of journalists and media organisations promoting anti-corruption stories as well as continued engagement of media owners to ensure adequate attention on welfare of journalists.
Other participants at the seminal were the Deputy Provost of Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ); Dr Jide Johnson and Chief Executive Officer of Chief Detective Magazine, Mr Dipo Kehinde.
Also in attendance were international award winning journalists: Senior Crime Correspondent, The Nation newspaper, Miss Precious Igbonwelundun; Senior Crime Reporter Correspondent, TVC, Miss Ivy Kanu and journalists from several media houses.