Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday ordered that all the members of his office Press Crew be placed on life group Insurance Scheme in view of hazard attached with the discharge of their duties.
The governor also stressed the need for members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) across the country to take group insurance scheme of the Union serious and ensure they subscribe to it.
Akeredolu gave the advice in Akure during a courtesy visit in honour of the TVC Best Reporter of 2019, Mr Ayodeji Moradeyo.
It was gathered that Mr Ayodeji Moradeyo, TVC Correspondent, Ondo State, was awarded Best TV Reporter for 2019 in the Electronic Media category at the 9th Ondo State Media Award organised by Impact Media Group.
Akeredolu explained that the issue of group insurance was very important considering the rate at which journalists travel regular and going to dangerous places to perform their duties, hence the need for NUJ members to get insured.
The governor directed offices of the Secretary to the state government, the governor’s Chief of Staff, the Head of Service as well as the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo to work out how journalists attached with the Government House Press Crew would be insured by the state government.
“Every profession has its own hazards. You are insured for everything, not just accidents alone. Group insurance is good and cheap,” he said.
The governor further lauded the efforts of Moradeyo and advised him to continue to give his best.
“This is reward for your tireless labour. I congratulate you on our part as a government, and we appreciate your work here with us.”
Earlier, Mr Ayodeji Moradeyo, TVC reporter, thanked the governor for the special recognition, and lauded his efforts in ongoing and completed projects spanning the state.
“I thank you for your efforts in Ondo State. The people can also see the laudable project you have embarked on,” he said.
Also, Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information, described Moradeyo as someone who had traversed the broad spectrum of the broadcast industry.
“He was the state correspondent for Glaxy TV before moving to TVC. We have been around together for some time doing the same work.
“We were enthralled by his positive exploits. He has brought glory to himself and his family,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Tona Aderoboye, Chairman NUJ, Ondo State, also congratulated the award recipient Moradeyo and described the reception by the governor as unprecedented.
Aderoboye commended the governor for creating a conducive environment for journalists to thrive in the state particularly the recent appointment of NUJ members into his Media Team and his administration’s laudable projects.
The NUJ Chairman presented a letter to the governor notifying him of his Investiture as NUJ Grand Patron in the state and honouring him with an award over infrastructural development in the state.
Aderoboye thanked the governor for his pronouncement to insure members of his press crew, adding that it was a commendable step.
The Investiture will take place in the last week of November, 2019 during a weeklong Press Week of the Union in ondo state.