Worried by renewed attacks on rural communities by armed bandits, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger state Council has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to abandon Niger state to armed bandits whose sustained encroachments is causing more harm and untold hardship to the entire Nigerlites.
Journalists in Niger state also want President Buhari to live up to statutory responsibilities of protecting lives and properties of the citizenry by flushing out armed bandits that have taken over some Local Government Areas just as he did to other states with a similar security challenge.
The NUJ in a Communique at the end of its Congress which took place at the IBB Pen House, Minna express worry that; killings, abductions and destruction of people’s source of livelihood in rural areas have become almost a daily occurrence hence the need for the Presidency to act fast before the criminals over-running the entire state.
The Communique jointly signed by, Yunusa Abugi and Matthew Jwantu, Chairman and Secretary of the Communique Drafting Committee respectively and the Council Secretary, Mohammed Usman Chiji also expressed worry that Minna the state capital is fast becoming a hub for security breaches and therefore wants the state government to check the trend.
Minna, the state capital and environs is fast becoming a hide-out for people with questionable character and the security of citizenry no longer guaranteed, this according to journalists in the state does not speak well of the Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello led administration.
Besides flushing out people with a questionable character from Minna metropolis in particular, the journalists want the state government to checkmate the excesses of the new traffic officers with their indiscriminate harassment of motorists and other road users to avoid more deaths.
The union condemned in strong terms the increasing rate of thuggery and youth restiveness which has claimed lives in Minna and suggested that the state government come up with a mechanism that would involve both parents and community leaders in curbing the menace.
Meanwhile, counting down to the 2023 general election, journalists have been cautioned against allowing themselves to be used as tools of destruction at the detriments of their image and that of the union in Niger state by engaging in any form of ethical misconduct.
The congress resolved that it will not condone any unethical conduct and quackery among practitioners in the state, adding that, ‘any member who outrightly compromises ethical codes and conduct of the profession will be decisively dealt with in line with the NUJ constitution’.
While pleading with members to support journalists vying for elective positions ahead of the coming dispensation because experience has shown that journalists understand the dynamics of development more than average politician, the union encourage more members with leadership skills to join the foray.
The union is also worried that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has not lived up to the expectations of Nigerlites in providing stable electricity to encourage entrepreneurs and small-scale industries in the state.
Niger state continues to experience epileptic supply despite efforts by the state government, this according to the journalists is even becoming more worrisome as the AEDC remains indifferent with almost half of the entire Transformers in Minna the state capital in bad shape.