The Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalong has advocated a better reward system for Nigerian Journalists for the role they played in entrenching democracy.
Mr Dalong says Nigerian Journalists have made their ark the world over but have not been adequately catered for.
He made the call while on a condolence visit to the State House Press Corps for the loss of one of its members, late Chukwuma Onuekwusi.
Struggle for democracy
“Anybody who participated in the struggle for democracy in this country will know the role Journalists played, many lost their lives in the struggle, but unfortunately when democracy finally came, they were not well remembered,” he said.
The minister stated that Journalists have not been well accommodated even in Nigeria’s current democracy.
“I don’t think and believe that they have actually been treated well in the present democratic experiment, within the structure they struggled to build. We have not appreciated them well,” he stressed.
Mr Dalong prayed for the repose of the soul of a former Channels Television’s State House Correspondent, late Chukwuma Onuekwusi, describing him as a rare gem.
He said:“The news of his death came to me with a devastating blow because he never exhibited signs of illness, so I couldn’t comprehend the circumstances that led to his demise. It’s a great loss not only to the State House Press Corps but to Nigeria in general. We have lost a rare gem and I believe that the vaccum created by his exit might not be filled too easily. May his soul rest in peace.”