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NUJ Calls on FG Overhaul Security Agencies

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists Called on the Federal Government to overhaul the security apparatus with a view to curtail incessant killings, Kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities ravaging the country.

This was contained in a communique signed by Shuaibu Liman, Walin Shadalafiya National Secretary of the Union and Communique Drafting Committee, Chairman and Secretary, Garba Muhammmad and Abdullahi Isma Yamadi respectively, issued at the end of National Executive Council ( NEC) meeting of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) held at the Press Center Utako, Abuja, today Saturday.

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The Union urged Federal Government to intensify effort to effect the release of 136 school pupils still in the kidnappers custody in Niger State without further delay.

In the Communique, the NUJ, encouraged Federal Government to make public the mention those sponsoring criminality in the country as earlier promised by the Attorney General of the Federation.

The Union stated its support of the state Government establish state police to complement the existing security architecture in the Country.

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” NEC calls on the Federal Government to summon an urgent conference of stakeholders to map out strategies to avert the impending food crisis in the country, as a result of insecurity.”

” NEC supports the position of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria – BON calling for a complete review of the digitisation process specifically in the area of legal framework. It notes that the only document available remains the Government White paper of 2012 which does not capture contemporary technological development and it is deficient in addressing decade long issues that have emerged since its issuance.”

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The Union lamented poor state of Federal Roads across the country which is affecting the economy and wellbeing of Nigeria,

” NEC after reviewing the situation, calls on the Federal Government to prioritise the construction of additional rail lines and rehabilitation of more roads for effective transportation.

The Union expressed regret that more state Governments are now unable to pay salaries of workers as and when due, including pensions and gratuities.

The Union further called for urgent measures to check this dangerous trend in addition to creating more employment opportunities for the teeming youth to guard against restiveness.

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” NEC believes that all State Governments should be put to task in terms of payment of the national minimum wage, while efforts should be intensified towards the implementation of New salary structure for media workers in Nigeria.
Safety and security of journalists have become priority issues and NEC expresses worry over the high rate of intimidation and attacks on Journalists in the country by both Agents of the State and Freelance Actors. It thus charges the Federal Government to urgently wade in and avert its escalation.

” NEC appeals to the Federal Government to dialogue with Resident doctors to end the ongoing industrial action which has already subjected many Nigerians to untold hardship.

The Communique called on federal Government to return to the negotiation table with ASUU to prevent an impending strike.

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” NEC in session calls on State Governments to prioritise on projects that have direct relevance to the yearnings and aspiretions of their people, rather than embarking on White Elephant projects.”

“NEC in session has approved the 4th of October 2021 for its 7th Triennial National Delegate slated for Umuahia, Abia State, and set up an Electoral Committee with National Officer.

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