A presidential aspirant of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile, has said there is need for a special salary package for journalists.
He spoke in Sokoto yesterday while unveiling his six-point agenda which includes special media salary structure, eradication of quackery and sensitisation on social media.
Others are focus on professionalism with emphasis on training, retraining, certification and registration of members.
He also planned to set up of an NUJ Radio, enhanced welfare programmes and the defense of press freedom.
Chairman of the union in the state, Labaran Dundaye, who received Odusile urged the state government to revoke the N24million contract it awarded for the renovation of its Press Centre.
Dundaye said the call had become necessary as the work which commenced over a year ago was going at snail-speed.
“The contract was awarded over one year ago but the contractor is performing below expectations as the work would have been completed long ago.
‘’We, therefore, want the state government to revoke the contract and re-award it to a more competent contractor or to the union to complete’’, he added.
Dundaye said that early completion of the renovation would enable the union to have a more conducive press centre for its activities.
Dundaye described Odusile as “a tested and trusted journalist as well as a committed unionist who is capable of taking the union to greater heights.’’