The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State Council, has decried the man-made hardship in the state with regard to the high cost of petroleum products, culminating in skyrocketing prices of food items, in addition to banks’ inefficient services to customers in dispensing the new Naira notes.
The Council called on the state government to intervene to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
The Council made the call in a communique issued at the end of the February NUJ Congress held at NUJ New Secretariat, New Owerri, on Friday, 3rd February, 2023.
It condemned the mindless killings of people in the state for whatever reasons, especially the recent gruesome and deliberate murder of a Customary Court Chairman at Ejemekwuru in Oguta Local Government Area, of the State, Nnaemeka Ugboma.
The Communique was signed by the Communique Drafting Committee (CDC); Edison Okereke, Stanley Okehie, ThankGod Emeh, Ifeanyi Nwanguma, NUJ Council Chairman, and Treasure Ihechi-Nwamah, NUJ Council Secretary.
It also condemned the exorbitant rates charged by Point of Sale (PoS) operators, and commended resolutions adopted at the National Special Delegates Conference in Kano, in respect to the reviewed NUJ Constitution.
The Council pledged total support and commitment to the provisions of the amended Constitution.
The Congress also commended the state government for sponsoring a-one-day professional development workshop for practicing journalists in the state, describing it as the first of its kind.
Meanwhile, the Congress has commended the new Council Chairman, Ifeanyi Nwanguma on his emergence, even as it doffed its hat for Chief Christopher Akaraonye over his patience and sacrifice in sustaining the Council during his tenure.
It charged members to be actively involved in their chapels, as well as pay their check-off dues regularly, and warned that any chapel that falls short of its responsibilities to the union would be denied of its deserved privileges.
The Congress appealed to members of the union to sink their differences and unite to enable the union build a united body for the good of all.