Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas, has raised the hope of journalists and other media workers in public media outfits in the state for an improved condition of service that will enhance better remuneration as well as retirement from service.
According to him, the House under his leadership will review the condition of service most especially the remuneration as well as the retirement from service: 35 to 40 years by service and 60 to 65 by age of the journalists and other media workers.
Rt. Hon. Iya Abbas, stated this while receiving the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Adamawa State Council, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan, who led other Executive Council of the union on a courtesy visit on the Speaker in his office today.
The Speaker stressed the readiness of the hallowed chamber towards according journalists and other media workers in public media organisations maximum support towards the passage of a bill that will meet their demands.
He told the NUJ that he is not aware of any pending bill to that effect, and urged the House standing Committee on Information, Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Poverty Alleviation and Wealth (POWECO), to trace the bill and strive towards it enactment.
He asked them to work hand in hand with All Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), to enable them know who are true practicing journalists, so as to reduce the kind of atrocities perpetrated in the state, pledging to support the union during the launch of its compendium which will contain the names of the actual practicing journalists.
The Speaker informed them that he had discussion with Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, where he instructed that the Adamawa Press Limited(APL), Publishers of The Scope newspaper, should be given the right to print all documents coming from the government establishments, and should use subvention and procure equipment for effective service delivery.
He observed with concern a situation whereby Adamawa Television Corporation(ATV), Yola, and Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation(ABC), Yola, have booster stations in Gombi, Ganye, Hong and Mubi, yet none is functioning, promising to remind the government on them because there are part of their campaign promises.
Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas, charged them to put measures on place to check inciting reports from journalists considering the nature of security in the state, congratulating them over their emergence as the new leadership of NUJ.
In his remarks, the Chairman House Standing Committee on Information, SDGs and POWECO and member representing Gombi Constituency, Hon. Japhet Kefas, urged them to exert all efforts towards contributing positively for the development of the union and the state in general.
Hon. Japhet Kefas, promised to work towards the passage of the bill, adding that his committee would strive assiduously to ensure that their requests are made to see the light of the day.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan, said that they were in his office purposely to introduce the new exco of the union and assure him and the house of the readiness of the union towards contributing positively for the development of the state.
Comrade,Dedan, appealed to the Speaker to review the condition of service of media workers in the state civil service, as well as the dilapidated nature of media organisations.
He made a passionate appeal on the Speaker to review the retirement age of the affected workers from 35 to 40 years by service and 60 to 65 by age, and commended the house for effective performance.