Sen Sani advocates insurance scheme for Nigerian journalists
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
As part of effort to reach out to the needy during the month of Ramadan, Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani was sighted on Monday at the residence of Femi Oyelola, one of Correspondent of People’s Daily Newspapers in Kaduna to identify with him and his family who have been there for him since the unfortunate incident.
Mr Femi was involved in auto crash on the 10th of March 2016, left with fractures on his right leg and left harm making him to spend about three months in the hospital.
The lawmaker said what happened to Femi is a clear indication that all Nigerians needs insurance and protection as right now as priviledge.
He frowned at the ongoing debate in the National Assembly to amend 1999 constitution to pave way for leaders of NASS to be entitled to life pension, saying Nigerians should be the primary target of the lawmakers when it comes to improved welfare packages.
The lawmaker said, “I am on a private visit to come and see Femi. It is painful to see a very hardworking journalist to be pinned down like this. We should be also thankful because sickness and injury is an opportunity to strengthen your faith. You now have direct experience when it happened to another person.
“We are still happy to see you alive. We should also be grateful to God who spared your live. It is clear that journalists are some of the most vulnerable persons in Nigeria today.
“I will also use this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to his wife who have proved that she will be there for him come shine come rain because few women can stand by a man in this kind of situation.
“Most of us in the public office’s only use and dump journalists. When a politician is in trouble, he look for journalists to rescue him. But when they are out of trouble and making it, they forget those that have helped them which is quite unfortunate.
“In Nigeria today, Journalists have become spectators of other people fortunes. So when we share money or other for politicians, journalists should be remembered because they are always around to help politicians.
“I have known Femi for more than 20 years and I know what he stands for. I promised to be given him monthly support until he’s healed and back to his work as my own little contribution to his sustainability. I will also go back to the hospital to clear any outstanding debts in his account,” he added.
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