The senator said the bill would easily sail through the National Assembly.
A Senator from the Oyo South Senatorial district, Olufemi Lanlehin, has urged journalists in the country to sponsor a bill to the National Assembly for improvement in their well-being.
The lawmaker, who said this while visiting journalists on admittance at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, lamented that in spite of the hazard of their job Nigerian journalists don’t often get the best in terms of welfare.
Two of officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), including the chairman of the Oyo State council, Gbenga Opadotun; and the National Treasurer, Fatimat AbdulKareem, were admitted at the hospital after a ghastly motor accident that claimed the lives of three other journalists in Osu, Osun State recently.
The senator also visited Tunde Sanni, the Oyo State correspondent of ThisDay Newspaper, who is ill and is receiving treatment at the teaching hospital.
Mr. Lanlehin assured journalists that if they could sponsor a bill to take care of their welfare, it would sail through easily at the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, the NUJ has announced its decision to inaugurate a five-man Board of Trustees to manage an endowment fund for the families of three journalists who lost their lives in the August 2 auto crash.
The NUJ president, Garba Mohammed, said this in Ibadan on Tuesday shortly after the burial of one of the three victims of the crash, Tunde Oluwanike of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan Network Station.
“Something reasonable would be generated through publicity of the endowment,” he said, adding, “certain percentage of the fund would be given to the families of the victims, while other part will be kept for the future needs of any of the practising members of the union, lest we be caught unawares anymore”.
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