By Henry Umoru
THE National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to immediately declare a state-of-emergency on Nigerian roads following the wanton loss of lives as a result of poor conditionÂ roads in the country.
Rising from its meeting at the weekend, NEC also urged both the Federal government and the Lagos State government to respect the rulings of the Supreme Court and adhere strictly with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the panacea to the lingering logjam as a result of the creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The NEC meeting which took place at the Gombe State University was attended by all the National officers and 36 state councils of the union, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. In a twelve point CommuniquÃ©Â made available to Vanguard in Abuja, the body also slammed an indefinite suspension from the Union on the former Chairman of Abuja Council, Malachy Uzendu for his gross Anti-Union activities.
Part of the CommuniquÃ© signed by the NUJ National Secretary, Shuiabu Usman Liman reads, â€œAll State Councils and individuals who have gone to court over Union matters have been given two weeks within which to withdraw such cases and seek redress through the appropriate Union Channels.
â€œThe Federal Government should revoke the sale of Daily Times to Folio Communications in public interest and regrets the stripping of assets of the Newspaper Conglomerate by the same Folio Communications which ran contrary to the guidelines on privatisation.
â€œThe Federal Government be commended for granting amnesty to the Niger Delta militants and calls on all the militants to surrender their arms in the true spirit of reconciliation. NEC Commends the swift and decisive action taken by the security operatives in curtailing and containing the â€œBoko-Haramâ€ threat that affected some states in the Northern part of the Country and urges the Federal Government to provide general infrastructural development and mass employment to reduce the alarming rate of crime all over the country.
â€œAfter reviewing the lingering crisis in the Nigerian University system, NEC urges the Federal Government and ASUU to embrace dialogue and respect all agreements signed in order to enhance industrial harmony in the education sector.
â€œThe unhealthy political situation in Nigeria is regrettable as the Nation is drifting to a one-party state. Nigerian politicians are urged to play the game strictly according to the rules.
â€œPayment of professional fees should be done through deductions from source where applicable by employers while out-station journalists are allowed the option of paying to the National Secretariat through the state councils.