by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Council, which held its Congress on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, observed with dismay the leadership tussle at the Plateau State House of Assembly, which has painted the state in bad light.
The Council called on the legislators to put aside their personal interests and address the issues in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in the interest of the State.
The communiqué was issued at the end of the NUJ Congress on Wednesday and was drafted by the communiqué committee made-up of: Gyang Bere, Ezekiel Dototina, John Farinola and Gwamkat Gwamzhi and signed by the NUJ Secretary, Peter Amine.
It also noted with concern the adamant nature of some tricycle riders, also known as “Keke NAPEP,” who defy the 6pm curfew imposed by the Plateau State Government, thereby constituting traffic nuisance and security risks at night. Council calls on the law enforcement agencies to beam their searchlight on these tricycle riders with a view to bringing them to book.
The Council also noted with dismay the indiscriminate use of NUJ/PRESS stickers by commercial drivers and non-members, and appealed to the FRSC, the Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that anybody, who carries NUJ/PRESS sticker, should provide his/her NUJ identity card and that of his office as a means of identification, adding that, failure to do so, the individual should be apprehended for impersonation and be penalized according to law.
The NUJ also advised Plateau State Government and reputable organizations in the state to take advantage of trained and professional journalists in propagating their activities to avoid misrepresentation rather than using untrained persons under the guise of “bloggers,” who do not understand the rudiments of journalism and have no gatekeepers, which is key in news reporting.
The Council also expressed dismay over the attitude of some overzealous security personnel, who express contempt towards journalists in the discharge of their professional duties, and called for synergy between journalists and security personnel in the interest and development of Plateau and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Council commended security agencies for the relative peace the state has enjoyed in the last few weeks and called for sustainable measures to consolidate on the fragile peace.
Also, the Council decried the looming food crisis in the country and the continued hike in prices of food stuffs in the market, thereby making life difficult and unbearable for citizens, and appealed to government to put in place a price control mechanism to ensure the affordability and accessibility of food to the public.
The Council also observed with displeasure the high cost of living in the country and the skyrocketing price of cooking gas as well as the artificial fuel scarcity and called on government to take urgent steps to arrest the situation.