The Kogi State Deputy Governor,Yomi Awoniyi has described as a colossal loss, devastating, shocking and unfortunate the death of three Journalists from Lagos and Oyo State Councils of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in an automobile accident last weekend.
Yomi Awoniyi,in a condolence message to the Ali Atabor led leadership of the council in the state and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abu Micheal, said the death of the journalists while pursuing enhanced welfare of their colleagues has yet denied Nigeria the services of the vibrant Nigerians who could have made meaningful contributions to the national process of promoting freedom of speech and democratic values in the country through the pen.
Awoniyi noted that the death of the journalists has once again brought to the front burner the issue of insurance policies for working journalists in view of the hazardous nature of their vocation.
The Deputy Governor urged journalists, whether in the private or public sector, to wholeheartedly embrace journalists insurance culture adding that the hazard of the Journalism profession calls for proactive ness on the part of employers and practitioners.
Awoniyi noted the recognition of the place of journalists in national development called for a national insurance policy for all journalists that would enable them practice the noble profession with confidence and assured security.
Awoniyi prayed God to give the family of those who lost loved ones and the entire journalists fraternity in the state and nation at large the fortitude to bear the painful loss.