NUJ condemns the demolition of Bayelsa State Government property in Port Harcourt

The Nigerian Union of Journalists has condemned demolition of the property of Bayelsa State Government by the Government of Rivers State in Port Harcourt, describing it as an action having far-reaching implications on the relationship between people of both states.

A Communique issued during the Zonal meeting with fourteen leaders of the NUJ in attendance, including the National President, Chief Chris Isiguzo, as well as Vice President, Zone F, Comrade Opaka Dokubo and Zonal Secretary, Comrade John Angese, requested the in-coming administration in Rivers State to demonstrate responsible leadership by addressing issue in the interest of brotherhood, good conscience, unity and peace.

The communique, also happed on the mindless neglect and non-completion of major roads in South – South States, particularly, East – West, Calabar-Itu Highway, Benin – Sapale Road, Benin -Lokoja Road and called on the Federal Government to take action while encouraging State Governors in the Zone to work closely with the in-coming Federal Government to complete the roads.

On the power tussle in NDDC Board, it described the development as capable of truncating the mandate of the interventionist agency and called on Board members to stop the cold war and work to deliver on the Commission’s mandate to the people of the Zone.

The Communique also called on the six Governors in the Zone to evolve strategies to resuscitate the BRACED Commission to serve the purpose of peer review and development coordination in the Zone.

It notes the resurgence of kidnapping and other criminal activities in some parts of Rivers State after the general elections, noting the incidents have claimed lives of citizens and led to the destruction of property.

The NUJ however lauded some State Governors in the South- South Governor Udom Emmanuel for being a strong pillar of support to Akwa Ibom State Council, Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri for appointing journalists into positions of trust and equipping the Ernest Ikoli Media Complex as well as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for considering a member of the Delta State Council as a Permanent Secretary.

Similarly, the union commended the Edo State Government for paying civil servants in the State the forty thousand naira minimum wage and urged other State Governments in the Zone to emulate the worthy example of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The Communique further touched on the issue of Grand Patron and resolved to follow up on the persons nominated to play the role in the Zone while encouraging members to uphold standards of the journalism profession at all times so that it will not lose public confidence, especially in the face of new media and fake news.