The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN has pointed out that remunerations are generally poor in the country, stating that even his salary and that of President Muhammadu Buhari were not fantastic.
He made this known on Monday while declaring open a seminar themed, “Journalists and Retirement Plan,” organised by the State House Press Corps at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The senior advocate disclosed that while he “earns about N1.5m as Vice-President, Buhari earns about N1.75m,” which, he said “are not fantastic wages anyway”.
He was however quick to add that many other officials were earning far less than what he and the President were earning.
Osinbajo argued that although remunerations were generally poor in the country, the situation of journalists was unique as many media owners are raking in revenues but simply refused to pay their staff as and when due.
“Good pay should be a function of a successful media organisation when there is no cheating. Professional organisations ought to be involved in ensuring this,” he said.
The Vice President recalled his brief working experience with media houses as legal adviser, alleging that he was never paid for services rendered despite the irregular hours he put in.
He went on to challenge journalists to brighten their prospects and future by always seeking ways of improving themselves and getting better job opportunities with attendant improved income.