President, Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Dr. Ajibola Abayomi, has called on media managers to undergo trauma training to know the trauma they had inflicted on many of their colleagues and upcoming journalists they short-lived their careers in the newsroom over petty issues.

Dr. Abayomi said this during his lecture at the Lagos State University, Journalists Education Trauma Research Group (JETREG)”s media chart on trauma literacy to mark this year’s 2022 World Press Freedom Day held at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba Lagos State.

Dr. Ajibola who went extensively to note that it is disheartening to note that those who have been sacked were bread winners of their individual families; however, he said it is not a defense for incompetence or indiscipline but a call.

“I totally agree that some of these media managers need to be traumatized for them to know the trauma they had inflicted on many of their colleagues and upcoming journalists, they short-lived their careers in the newsroom over petty issues. This is not a defense for incompetence or indiscipline at all, but a call for a rethink because perfection belongs to God only. Those they have sacked were bread winners of their families. Yes, I am aware that the media is suffering from a revenue crisis which calls for all hands to be on the deck to rescue things.

There is a media house after Berger area in Lagos, you can be employed in the morning and get sacked in the afternoon. That has contributed to the over 75 percent of the Nigerian journalists suffering from financial trauma, apart from those being owed salaries in other outfits.

“While Dr. Oso was teaching me at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in 2002, he never told me that sometimes in this field I would be owed four years salary. This is the reality of the media practice in Nigeria today that should be the starting point of trauma literacy in the media”.

FMBlog/Cynthia Akere

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