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Brown Envelope: A Symbol Of Underpaid Journalism



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By Hajara Abdullahi

Journalism is an indispensable tool in any democratic society that serves as an inevitable eye-opener to societal problems.

The advent of the internet and ICT have promoted the profession beyond its traditional tenets of surveillance, correlation, cultural transmission to a greater height.

Certainly, journalism has code of ethics that prevent journalists from accepting money and other favours in the course of discharging their duties, which may prompt them to go beyond the line in reporting accurately.

Brown Envelope journalism has been defined by Wikipedia as “a practice whereby monetary inducement is given to journalists to make them write a positive story or kill a negative story”.

It could also be seen as an act of receiving gifts, cash favour etc by a Journalist to influence his/her decision.

However, many Nigerian Journalists continue to be accused of receiving brown envelopes in the course of their jobs and this has affected the integrity of the practitioners and credibility of certain reports by the public.

Sadly, the income of most journalists and media personnel is not encouraging, although there’s no justification for how much a journalist should be paid, it’s a fact that some are poorly paid while others of deep interest are exploited.

Just imagine being paid #10,000 a month when fare to work is #12,000, too, a month. This fact keeps on worsening the lives of journalists in Nigeria and paralysing the purpose for which it is supposed to serve.

Therefore, this alone is enough to have made “BROWN ENVELOPE A SYNDROME” rampant among journalists, which is also a symbol of being underpaid.

The incident between Naziru Sarkin Waƙa and that of a journalist in the intriguing series LABARINA is just a testimony to what the veteran singer has been encountering during such visits.

However, a scene should have immediately followed, if the director has an intention of proving the integrity of a journalist who has nothing to do with sort of brown envelope(s) like it was done in Kwana Casa’in Series of Arewa24 TV where Sahabi continues to be as clean as water to reject such alluring gifts.

In essence, I think media organisations need to increase the earnings and working conditions of their staff to promote integrity in the profession; providing them with comfortable available means of transportation will make them shun transport fare being offered and create a truly professional impression in the eyes of whosoever they will visit for work purposes.

Concerned organisations like the NUJ, NBC should organise conferences, seminars, workshops for veterans, and aspiring journalists to enlighten them on the harmful effect of receiving brown envelopes.

Journalists have and will continue to serve as a watchdog in every society as well as a bridge to the gap between the government and masses and that’s why history will not forget Veteran journalists eg Dele Giwa, Enenche Akogwu, Kiki Mordi, Jamal kashoggi, Malala Maiwand etc who paid with their lives for speaking out the truth.

Also, dedicated and hardworking journalists like Anas Aremeyau Anas have received public recognition and praises for their selfless and committed attitude towards voicing out the truth as the famous American Linguistic Noam Chomsky said.

Lastly, journalists should be dedicative towards their work and should desist from receiving brown envelopes or any other token aimed at perverting the course of their work.

Most importantly all hands must be on deck to assist journalists in the course of discharging their duties and abiding by the code of ethics by refusing to offer them bribes and also encourage them by commending their efforts and giving them vital information.

Hajara Abdullahi is a student of Department of Mass communications Bayero University Kano.

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard




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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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