Garba, who is also the present Kano State Commissioner for Information, made the call during a memorial colloquium for late Umar Sa’id, a former Managing Director, Kano State Radio.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that late Sa’id died exactly one year ago, in a ghastly accident on Zaria-Kano Road.
According to him, if journalists can initiate a monthly contribution among them, it will help them a lot, especially when one of them is sick or loses someone.
“From that contribution, the hospital expenses can be settled and for those that lost one of their immediate family, that contribution can be used to support the person.
“When I was the National President of the NUJ, we did our best to introduce health insurance for journalists.
“So, I think, such initiative will go a long way in ensuring the health of the members of the NUJ and that will strengthen their unity,” he said.
Garba further called on media organisations in the country to stick to their responsibility in terms of prompt payment of monthly salary.
The commissioner said looking at the calibre of people that attended the event, it was a clear indication that late Sa’id lived a very peaceful life with good relationships with people.
According to him, he lived a kind of life that most of the young journalists of these days should emulate to improve their profession.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)