Thursday, 5 May 2016

Anambra State House of Assembly Calls for an improved salary structure for journalists

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu, has canvassed for a special salary structure for journalists across the country.

Maduagwu, who spoke in plenary while commemorating the 2016 World Press Freedom Day, described journalists as the watch dog of the society, and noted that an enhanced salary structure would motivate media practitioners in their onerous responsibility of Informing, Educating and Entertaining the public.

She, however, called on journalists to always uphold the ethics of the profession in the course of their duties, even as she urged governments to make information free and available to journalists at all times without any hindrance in line with the principles of press freedom.

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the Executive to direct the Commissioner for Environment, Beautification and Ecology to ensuring continuous desilting of all drainages across the state during the rainy season.

The resolution came at the heel of a motion sponsored by the member representing Dunukofia constituency, Chief Lawrence Ezeudu and twelve others, who expressed worry that mud and other forms of waste impede the free flow of water during downpour thereby resulting to environmental hazards with far reaching consequences some of which include flooding and erosion.

In his contribution, the member representing Onitsha North one constituency, Mr. Chugbo Enwezor called on the Ministry of Environment, Beautification and Ecology to sensitize the people on the inherent dangers of dumping refuse inside drainages and on state roads.



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