The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, has lamented the deplorable state of roads across the state and called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo for urgent attention.
The council emphasised that the state should return to its days of glory as one with the longest network of tarred roads in the country, noting that a good road network is a catalyst for increased and efficient economic activities.
In a communique issued at the end of its Congress signed by the Chairman of the Union Dr Emeka Odogwu and its Secretary, Aloysius Ofodile regretted the disrespectful treatment of members by some state government officials either directly or through their aides and security details thereby obstructing them from going about their constitutional duties.
The communique read in part:
The congress called the attention of the State Government to the poor and hazardous state of the roads in the state and emphasised the need for speedy and massive road rehabilitation and construction.
“It emphasised that the State must return to its days of glory as one with the longest network of tarred roads in the country, being that a good road network is a catalyst for increased and efficient economic activities.
“The Congress called for restraint on the part of the concerned officials for a better working relationship between the government and media practitioners, stating that the Union will no longer accept such undignified treatment.
“It also observed with dismay the continued illegal collection of revenues across the State by some unscrupulous elements despite promises and efforts by the Anambra State Government to put an end to such. It noted that perpetrators of the unlawful business have kept on intimidating and extorting innocent Ndi Anambra, calling on the State Government to Intensify efforts to end the illegal collection of levies and taxes in the state.
“The Congress observed the efforts by the State Government to rid the state of wastes and dump sites while, however, noting that so much is still to be done as mountains of wastes are still a common sight in different parts of the state, especially in urban settlements. It, therefore, called for an intensified effort and better strategies for waste management so as to better safeguard the health and environmental wellbeing of residents of the State.
“The Congress commended the Executive of the Union for several projects it initiated especially the ongoing borehole project at the Godwin Ezemo International Press Centre and the upward review of salaries of the staff of the Council. It, however, suggested that planting of trees within the centre be considered as part of the ongoing effort to give the centre a facelift.”
The union called on the state government to speed up the process of paying the gratuities and pensions of retirees of state-owned media establishments. It called attention to the plights of members who retired from these establishments and have gone for years without receiving their gratuities and pensions.
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