The Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is organizing a Webinar with a theme ‘Post COVID-19: Mitigating the Effects on Media Practitioners’ to commemorate the 2nd year administration of its current leadership.
A seasoned Journalist, former Editor of the Herald Newspaper, an Administrator and Head of Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Isiaka Aligan is to deliver a Keynote address on the topic, scheduled for 11:00am on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020.
A statement by the Council’s Chairman and Secretary, Umar Abdulwahb and Omotayo Ayanda respectively said members and the general public can join the webinar through the following link:
The statement added that as a tradition, the council is expected to have its Annual Press Week Celebration but was postponed till further notice due to coronavirus outbreak.
The statement reads in parts “our main concern is to guarantee the health and safety of everyone that will be involved and ensure a high level of attendance from stakeholders within the state and beyond.
“There is no doubt that the pandemic has really impacted negatively on the media industry. The impact includes loss of advertisement revenue and low sales, pay cut, job loss, suspension and cancellation of print operations and downsizing, among others.
“For the media practitioners to have a chance of surviving Post-COVID-19, radical measures must be pursued. That is why the Kwara State NUJ is taking a swift and decisive measure by organizing seminar on what should be done and how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on practitioners.
“As part of the effort to cushion the effect of the pandemic on members, the Kwara State NUJ recently constituted welfare committee chaired the Chairman of the State Information Chapel, Alh. Abdulganiyu Atere. The committee has members across the 12 chapels that formed the state council as measure for the improvement of the working and welfare conditions of media practitioners.
“To sustain Post-COVID-19 journalism, we must engage policymakers and look for more sustainable support from the government and private organizations and change of orientation. If nothing is done in the next coming months, thousands of media workers might lose their jobs.
“The Council wish to solicit for more corporation and supports from members to achieve the tasks ahead”.