A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has called on the federal and state governments to make provision for enhanced welfare of journalists in their future budgets.
Senator Anyanwu insisted that journalists were playing great roles towards social development than most public office holders, who live in opulence.
The senator who represented Imo East District between 2015 and 2019 made the call at the 13th anniversary celebration of Nigerian Newsguide Newspaper held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Owerri, Imo State.
Anyanwu wondered why upon the prominent role journalists play to foster peace and inform the masses on the day-to-day running of government programmes, some selfish individuals are still not happy with them nor appreciate their contributions.
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According to him, “The success story of this country cannot be told without members of the fourth estate of the realm. If their role is to inform, educate and entertain the public, our people should accept it that way and reduce the rate of animosity against journalists.
“We should honour them for working under the sun and in the rain to source information for public consumption yet, government doesn’t care to make their welfare a priority. The federal and state governments should without further delay assist them.”
Anyanwu, who was represented by his media aide, Ikenna Onuoha commended the Publisher of the newspaper, Chidi Emeagi for being resolute to sustain the business despite the current economic crunch.
He charged management of the newspaper to continue to remain objective in their reportage, nothing that one of the core values of Journalism profession is to be neutral and carry everyone along.