By Moses Akarhan
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Benue State Council has acknowledged the receipt of COVID-l9 vaccines by the state government and advised that vaccination be done across board while journalists in the state be placed on first line charge.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the congress of the union held Thursday at the NUJ House, Makurdi and signed by the
Communiqué drafting Committee: Emmanuel Gwaza, Chairman; Kwaghmimi Ianna, Secretary and Oryiman Gwaza, Member.
The congress also resolved that, state executive council and other top government functionaries should publicly avail themselves for the exercise, to give members of the public confidence.
The union condemned continued attacks and killings in Sankera axis and urged security agencies to arrest the situation.
Congress also noted the efforts by the government on “Weigh-in Allowance” and appealed to Governor Samuel Ortom to expedite action to end the process.
The spate of jungle justice meted on suspects was also condemned by the journalists in session while the high cost of food commodities in Makurdi, the state capital was also an issue of concern.
The NUJ Vice President zone ‘D’ Chief Wilson Bako, who also attended the congress, commended efforts of Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his Nassarawa State counterpart, Governor Abdulahi Sule, for synergising to checkmate banditry and kidnapping in their states.
Chief Bako also conveyed the decision of the National Secretariat, directing Comrade Martins Kajo to continue to act as the state Chairman of NUJ, pending the conduct of election in July, 2021. Accordingly, Comrade Kajo’s led EXCO was mandated to constitute a credentials verification committee to commence the process of election by next month.