JOURNALISTS in Nigeria, under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), are poised to benefit from a review of the union’s moribund insurance scheme by the NUJ National President, Mr Chris Isiguzo.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sunday, in Cross River, Isiguzo described as laudable, the scheme, which was initiated by a former president of the union, Mr Garba Mohammed, but regretted that many journalists failed to key into it.
Under the ongoing review, Isiguzo disclosed that his administration was also planning to reactivate the insurance scheme alongside the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
According to Isiguzo, “Mohammed initiated the insurance policy and a lot of our members benefited from it actually, but when he left office, the scheme was not sustained.
“But now we want to reactivate it and this time even include the NHIS because it is not just when somebody dies that he or she will benefit.
“Another sore point is that most of our colleagues didn’t even key into the programme, as they waited for state governments to enroll them, but this is something that is personal.”
Isiguzo made the statements at the burial of the late Ndoma Akpet, former state Chairman of the union chairman in Cross River as he advised that journalists should enroll take advantage of the insurance scheme.
He said, “you know insurance policy is such that, when you do not sustain it, it is as good as you did not do it at all.
“If the late Ndoma Akpet sustained his insurance, I will see what I can do but if he did not, there is absolutely nothing we can do,” he said.
He, however, urged the family and members of the state council to emulate the lifestyle of the late member, which he described as “humble and sincere.”