[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
As the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUI) commences a fresh move to securing quality Life Insurance Policy for members of the Union, its President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, has advised journalists in the country to take the issue of Life Insurance very seriously.
NUJ National President gave the advice after a meeting with a leading Insurance company in Nigeria. The crucial meeting was also attended by the top management team of NUJ, as well as the Chairman the NUJ Insurance Committee, Comrade Emma Ogbeche, who is also the Chairman of NUJ, Abuja Council.
Isiguzo hinted that when the new insurance deal pulls through, subscription to the Insurance Policy may become a stipulated condition for admission into the Union, adding that the envisaged policy was expected to impact positively on security and social welfare of NUJ members.
The reinvigorated efforts to renew NUJ insurance policy is coming on the heels of recent numerous deaths of members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.
Head of Programmes, NUJ National Secretariat, Abuja, Tita Onyebuchi Nze, said in a statement he issued after the meeting that the NUJ President expressed worry that this period was not the best of times for NUJ and her members as the Media community has suffered great loss of members to the cold hands of death in recent times.
“The NUJ President said he was particularly concerned that most of the deceased members were not captured in any Insurance Policy, a situation that may make things more difficult for the Union and members of the families of the deceased.
“Comrade Isiguzo decried the recent loss of respected members of the Media community and prayed God to have mercy on their souls and give them eternal rest, while advising members of the Union to take the issue of Life Insurance Policy very seriously, saying no one knows the time of unforeseen circumstances,” part of the statement read.