Modion Communications partners firm to insure photojournalists
Modion Communications has partnered Leadway Assurance to provide personal accident insurance cover for all the over a hundred member Photo Journalist Association of Nigeria (PJAN). The partnership and presentation ceremony held in Lagos, as part of activities lined up for celebrating the 40th birthday of the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Odion Aleobua.
The personal accident insurance policy procured by Modion Communications assures the members a compensation package of up to N500,000 in the event of bodily injury solely and independently of any other caused by accident, violence, external and any visible means resulting in death or permanent or temporary disablement as well as N100,000 in medical expenses.
Commenting, Aleobua said the brand’s decision to provide personal accident insurance cover to photo journalists in Nigeria was as a result of the risks they are regularly exposed to in the course of carrying out their duties.
Citing the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Aleobua said, “about 20 journalists died in the course of their duties in the last two decades. Due to the exigencies of the profession, photo journalists are even more exposed to risks in the line of duty and for us as a PR agency, it was an easy choice to provide an insurance plan that covers members of PJAN, who have been our partners since inception from personal accidents. What is unique about this insurance plan is that unlike the usual personal accident insurance policies, accidents involving motorbikes will be fully covered. This is because we are aware that most photojournalists trust motorbikes to help them catch multiple assignments in the course of their work.
“It speaks well about the value we place on our partners in the media, as this initiative would be of immense benefit to not only practitioners of photo journalism but also their loved ones.”
That way, members of the association can go about their professional duties, knowing fully well that Nigeria’s leading insurer protects them. At Modion Communications, we would continue to create innovative and symbolic ideas of this nature so that we can inspire others to do the same.”
In his remarks, Chairman, Photo Journalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN), Lagos Chapter, Demola Akinlabi, said, “We are very grateful to Modion Communications team for finding us deserving of this noble initiative. We have been exposed to several attacks at different times, which often lead to loss of lives, temporary or permanent injuries, and loss of equipment among other ills. We find ourselves at the receiving end of various abuses but still always find a way to bounce back with little or no support from the organisations or corporates we work for.”
Also speaking was Tunji Amokade of Leadway Assurance Franchise Owner, Ikorodu, who noted that the partnership with Modion Communications was in line with the company’s desire to keep all stakeholders happy at any given opportunity.
“A scheme of this nature ensures that the beneficiaries are not at total loss in the course of duty in case of an accident resulting in a temporary or permanent disability, violence, or even death,” he said.
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