Islamic council, NSCIA, seeks better pay for Nigerian journalists

The council commiserated with late Tunde Sanni’s family and ThisDay

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has called on all employers of labour in the media industry to facilitate and support the establishment of a Media Salary Scale (MSS) for journalists.

This is contained in a condolence letter issued on Friday in Ibadan by the Council to the family of late Tunde Sanni, the Oyo State correspondent of ThisDay, who died during a protracted illness.

“Implementing a welfare incentive like this, is a way of supporting and encouraging conscious and practising journalists such as late Tunde Sanni and discourage corruption in the industry,” it said.

The council described Mr. Sanni, who died at the age of 49 on Thursday in his home town, Ijebu Imodi in Ogun State, as a forthright journalist and a selfless Muslim.

“He was indeed an ambassador of Islam. We pray that Allah will forgive his sins and grant him al-janah firdaus,” it said.

The Council also commiserated with the Publisher of ThisDay, Nduka Obaigbena, and members of staff of the company as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists on the irreparable loss.

Mr. Sanni, who has since been buried in his hometown, according to Islamic rites, is survived by his aged parents, wife and eight children.

The letter was signed by Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General of the Council.

(NAN)

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