By Ohikwo Muhammad – Lokoja
Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Kogi state council has advised Kogi State Government to take urgent steps to repair dilapidated roads within Lokoja the state capital.
Some of the roads include Ganaja road, Zango Army barracks as well as Hassan Katsina roads.
In a Communique issued after its Congress held at the Press Centre, Lokoja, the Union said the call became necessary in view of accidents on the road and hardship faced by citizens plying the road which serves as a major link to the eastern part of the country.
It called on the State Ministry of works and other relevant agencies to rehabilitate the roads to avoid further deterioration and loss of lives occasioned by the bad road.
While appealing to the Kogi state government to extend hands of fellowship to media organisations in the state like experienced with previous administrations, the Union urged government to increase funding and provide utility vehicles to state owned media stations for effectiveness.
The Communique further called on state government to check the excesses of its revenue generating agencies including KOTRAMA and state revenue services so as not to compound the suffering of law abiding citizens of the state.
It also announced that strict punitive measures would be taken against persons illegally parading themselves as Journalists as relevant security agencies had been alerted of invasion of the profession by fake journalists as well as persons parading themselves as media teams to political parties and some political office holders.
The Communique announced that the council’s Press Week would be held between 30th September and 5th October with road walk, prayers, novelty match, lectures and other events lined up for the weeklong programme.
The congress while asking for support from the state government for the organisation of the press week congratulated the government and Governor Yahaya Bello on their well deserved victory at the supreme court.
“The congress felicitates with the Kogi State government and the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello on his well-deserved election victory at the supreme court”, the Communique read.
It appreciated members of the Union for remaining committed to ethics of Journalism and their support towards the success of the council despite the challenges faced by media practitioners in Kogi state.