As the world celebrates the Workers Day, Journalists for Christ (JFC) International Outreach has called on media owners to improve working conditions for Journalists and other media workers.
While commending Journalists for their efforts in ensuring the society is well informed JFC President, Lekan Otufodunrin declared that the economic downturn is taking its toll on the media practitioners and the industry.
“On the occasion of today’s Workers Day celebration worldwide, Journalists For Christ congratulates journalists and other media workers for work they are doing in their various organisations, institutions and agencies.
“We acknowledge the challenges journalists have to cope with due to economic and other factors that have affected conditions of service and led to loss of jobs.
“We call on media owners in Nigeria to improve on the working conditions of their staff and provide necessary facilities to ease the job they have to do,” he said.
Otufodunrin said that workers retained should be adequately renumerated, while those retrenched should be paid their entitlements promptly.
“The situation where staff of media organisations are not paid for months and are expected to still perform optimally is not realistic and should not continue.
“We implore media owners and managements to explore and adopt new business models and use of new technologies to enhance their production for sustainability,” he advised.
JFC prayed that God would continue to grant both workers and owners the wisdom needed to sustain their operations.