A lot of opportunities are available for media practitioners to earn decent incomes from if they do their jobs diligently and professionally.
A media consultant, Ahmed Miyake stated this, while speaking at the 2018 Africa Media Development Foundation ) AMDF) Media Clinic held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), kaduna Council Secretariat on Thursday May 24, 2018.
Maiyaki, who was the Director General Media and Publicity to former Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero said that he has turned down several consultancy jobs.
“There are several non governmental organizations in the North East, especially Maiden urine looking for communications consultants. Personally I have linked not less than seven journalists there up for consultancy, ” he said.
Speaking information the clinic with a theme: The Media & Ethical Reporting, praised the present Kaduna State Government for abolishing the monthly honorarium handed out to journalists in the state.
“When I came on board as DG media under Governor Ramalan Yero, I was mulling cancelling the honorarium given out monthly, but colleagues went to my boss and he said that I should continue with it even though it was against my conscience,” he said.
He charged Kaduna based journalists to adhere to ethical standards when doing their reports, to avoid harassment and intimidation.
Maiyakl frowned at the non payment of salaries to journalists by some media houses, with some owing up to two years salaries.
He charged media practitioners to make their plight known.
“We can March to the National Assembly. Once we take the lead, others will follow.
“The owner of This day Newspapers went to South Africa to establish, he taught it is business as usual by not paying salaries. He was taken to court, compelled to sell his property and pay the workers, ” he added.
He commended AMDF for putting up the media clinic, while calling on support for the foundation.
In her remarks, AMDF coordinator, Sekyen Dadik said that she was happy about the success of the clinic.
She explained that the foundation has been hosting the clinic for the past four years without any support.