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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ), AKWA IBOM STATE COUNCIL

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ), AKWA IBOM STATE COUNCIL

 

The Congress of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council presided by the State Chairman, Elder Patrick Albert with the State Secretary, Comrade Amos Etuk, members of the State Executive Council (SEC) and a large number of members in attendance was held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Daniel Ekanem Hall, NUJ Press Centre, Uyo.

The Congress after exhaustive deliberations on wide ranging issues affecting the Media, the Government and its agencies, and the society generally, took the following decisions:

The Congress observed that for the optimisation of the sacred role of journalism which is to inform, educate, enlighten and entertain, media practitioners must be constantly availed the opportunities of training and retraining to keep them in shape not only for sound reportage and ethical compliance, but to key into emerging trends in the society and governance.

Congress noted that such workshops for the training and retraining of Media practitioners are very demanding now, especially as the nation is going into electoral processes for the emergence of candidates for the different political parties towards 2019 General Elections, maintaining that Media practitioners have key roles to play towards peaceful conduct of party’s primaries and the elections next year. It therefore called on the Government, Agencies, and the Election Management Body (EMU) to partner the NUJ in this regards.

Congress having appraised the NUJ New Year Thanksgiving Service being rotated yearly amongst the three (3) Senatorial Districts of Akwa Ibom State, applauded the wisdom in the rotation as it has not only been promoting the people’s consciousness about the profession and the Union, but has enhanced the Union’s feasibility and acceptability as well as contributed in promoting peace, unity and tranquillity in the State.  It therefore resolved to maintain the policy.

Congress also examined the performances of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) and observed that the Agency has not been able to maintain service efficiency vis-à-vis service the interests of customers effectively. It therefore called on PHEDC to urgently review its poor billing system bordering on outrageous estimation (bills) and power outage. The Congress stated that it was inappropriate for PHEDC to burden Consumers, Organisations, Local Governments and the State Government for the provision of transformers, poles, and repairs of faulty transformers and wires, but without providing commensurate services.

It therefore resolved as a matter of urgent public importance to appeal to the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel to look into the possibility where the Akwa Ibom State Metering Solutions Manufacturing Company can liaise with the relevant authority to distribute Meters to the general public to protect electricity consumers against exploitation particularly on high tariffs and exorbitant billings.

The Congress, after a dispassionate appraisal on the lingering insecurity in some parts of the State, particularly Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo, Ikot Ekpene and other areas, observed that the efforts by the security agencies to maintain peace in the affected areas will only be meaningful if the distasteful crisis, which have continued to claim human lives, maiming, kidnappings and destruction of properties by criminals are conclusively brought to an end. It therefore called for reinforcement of security personnel in the affected areas as well as the unmasking of masterminds behind the heinous crimes towards for its quick resolution.

 

Congress also considered the action of the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel in prohibiting 33 Cults groups in Akwa Ibom State, acknowledging that it is a step in the right direction to stem insecurity in the society, considering instances of Cults clashes which had led to killings, destruction of properties and outright breach of public peace. It urged that those found culpable in the various acts of mayhem should be made to face the wrath of the law without any mitigation.

The Congress also looked into the forthcoming elections with particular purview on the representatives in the Akwa Ibom State House Assembly, House of Representatives and the Senate, and urged constituents to reject non-performing representatives, who have failed to deliver dividends of good governance as impressively done by others. It also called on constituents to be circumspect in giving their mandate to fresh aspirants to avoid electing persons who may see the opportunity as a mission for self-aggrandisement and therefore fail to truly represent the people and their collective interests.

The Congress commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his magnanimity in the appointment of the first female journalist in Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Margret Edem as a Permanent Secretary in the State’s Public Service, and urged that similar gesture be extended to other qualified journalists working in the Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation (AKNC), Ministry of Information and Strategy, and the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, Television and Radio Services. It said the measure will enhance more contribution of journalists into the development of the State.

The Congress called on members who are yet to obtain the new NUJ National Identity Card to take advantage of fresh revalidation exercise coming up within the last two weeks of April 2018, as only members whose names are appear in the new NUJ National Compendium Exercise will be eligible to enjoy all rights and privileges of the Union.

The communique committee are: Comrade Jeremiah Edoho; Chairman,
Comrade Roselyn Etukudo; Secretary
Comrade Johnpaul Alumona; Member.
Elder Patrick Albert; State Chairman, NUJ
Comrade Amos Etuk; State Secretary NUJ

 

 

 

 

 

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