NUJ decries deplorable road network in Niger

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By Ummi Ismaeel,

Minna

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern over the deplorable condition of intra and inter-state roads in Niger State and called on the Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello-led administration to declare state of emergency on the sector.

  The union has also lifted the suspension on the state Correspondent of Daily Independent Newspaper and former Correspondent’s Chapel Secretary, Chinwendu Nnadozie, after the withdrawal of case instituted against the union.

   During the state congress which took place at the IBB Pen House, Minna over the weekend, members were specific about the deplorable condition of intra-state roads, Chanchaga through the Minna City gate to Suleja in particular and advised the government to always engage only competent construction companies to handle such projects for quality and durable jobs.

  Communiqué issued at the end of the State Council Congress on Saturday, November 3, 2018, signed by the Chairman of Communique Committee, Daniel Atori, advised the state government to re-direct movements for all articulated vehicles plying the state to reduce damages.

 Bad road networks in Niger S  tate is getting worse by the day, the union said, while advising the state government to check the trend by re-routing movements of articulated vehicles passing through Minna, the state capital in particular, to the by-pass.

  Heavy duty vehicles apart from shortening the lifespan of roads through undue wearing and tearing cause unnecessary gridlocks within Minna metropolis, hence the need for the state government to take action by diverting their movements to by-pass to also avoid accidents, it stated.

 The communiqué also noted the build up to the 2019 general elections and advised the state government to take proactive measures against all security traits, stressing, “Prevention is always better and less expensive than cure”.

 Meanwhile, the Niger State Congress of the NUJ has confirmed that Chinwendu Nnadozie of Daily Independent Newspapers and the Correspondent Chapel Secretary has withdrawn the case against the union and so her suspension had been lifted.

   Nnadozie was removed as Correspondent’s Chapel Secretary and suspended by the former NUJ executive in Niger State over alleged ‘‘anti-union activities’’ and she consequently took the union to Court for want of evidence.

  The intervention of some stakeholders ensured successful out-of-court settlement and amicable resolution of the lingering crisis in the state NUJ and its affiliate, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).

 NUJ COMMUNIQUE

A Communiqué issued at the end of the congress of NUJ, Niger State Council held on the 3rd of November, 2018 at the IBB Pen House, Minna.

At the end of the congress the Niger State Council of the NUJ resolved that:

1) The congress observed that the state of roads in the state are deplorable and called on the state government to declare state of emergency on roads especially that of Chanchaga through the Minna City gate to Suleja and it advised the government to engage competent contractors and companies to handle road projects across the state.

 2)  Advised that a bypass route be made for articulated vehicles in order to stop the unnecessary go slow caused by the vehicles

3) Resolved that the government should take proactive measures to always be at the top of security challenges in the state and advise security agencies to promptly check the activities of extremists’ sects by putting them on a watch list.

4) The congress resolved that, after Chinwendu Nnadozie of Daily Independent Newspapers (Correspondent Chapel) has withdrawn the case against the union, her suspension should be lifted.

5) The congress also called on politicians to be transparent and sincere in their campaigns towards the 2019 general elections in order not to overheat the polity.

6) The Congress congratulated Mallam Mohammed She for emerging national Treasurer for the NUJ and commended Mr. Iliya Garba for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship after losing as Vice President Zone D.

Chairman

Communiqué Committee

Daniel Okpole Atori

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