By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
There is need to convoke a national press constitutional conference that will address the challenges facing Nigerian Journalists and improve the standard of the profession.
A journalist and political communication strategist, Dr Festus Adedayo made the submission at a virtual workshop organized by the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists with the theme, “Journalism
under siege in Nigeria, the urgency and justification for media activism.”
Dr Adedayo who condemned the recent verbal attack on Daily Trust correspondent, Mr Charles Eyo, by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said journalists must develop self confidence and stop being subservient to political officer holders.
He expressed displeasure over non-payment of salary of media professionals by some media organisations and noted that this had exposed journalists to economic hardship in recent times, adding that it had invariably led to timidity and lack of courage among journalists.
The political communication strategist emphasized the need for journalists to always operate in line with the dictates of their profession for the all overall interest of the public.
On his part, another guest speaker and international journalist, Mr Suleiman Aledeh, emphasized the need for training and retraining of media professionals, saying trained journalists would distinguish from the crowd.
Mr Aledeh, who maintained that economic conditions of professionals had affected the practice of journalism in Nigeria, called on media professionals to have multiple sources of income to sustain their self esteem.
He called on journalists to stage a workout whenever they were subjected to such treatment meted out to the Daily trust correspondent in Cross River state.
In his welcome address, the acting Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun state council, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, said the training became imperative so as to equip members of the union with necessary skills and to also refocus them on what is expected of them in the face of provocation.
Comrade Ajadosu said media as a conscience of the society must always be ready to make government accountable and responsible to the citizenry hence the need for media professionals to be trained on new trends in journalism practice in the globe.
Some of the participants who included Comrade Bukola Elufadejin and Mr Sesan Adeleke said the training had further equipped them with more knowledge about the dictates of their professional callings.