The Senate President, Senator David Mark has stated National Assembly's readiness to look into the possibility of giving journalists in the country insurance policy to cushion the hazards of the profession.
Senator Mark, who said this on Saturday the opening of a two-day 2013 Senate Press Corps Retreat in Uyo noted “I advocate that there is need for you to have proper insurance and life coverage. As part of our legislative oversight function and in furtherance of good governance, it is also our concern and I believe we will be able to address that issue”.
The Senate President, who reasoned that the nature of job carried out by journalists require insurance coverage due to the risks involved in their job especially in volatile states of the Northern Nigeria, commended journalists for always performing their duties effectively despite risks involved.
Mark charged the Senate Press Corps to be factual in their reportage, to educate and enlighten the masses on the activities at the hallowed chambers, saying “I want to use this medium to talk to the media on reporting facts. I urge you to report facts as you see them, educate the people. There is no way you can educate people on falsehood. Education must be based on verifiable facts and figures.