The Delta state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has taken a swipe at the Nigerian police force and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) over the harowing experiences Nigerians go through in their hands on the federal and state highways.
In a communique issued by the NUJ and signed by state chairman, Mike Ikeogwu and secretary, Churchill Oyowe, after the monthly congress, the NUJ listed uncontrolled extortion, intimidation and harrassment of poor and helpless Nigerians who ply the highway on daily basis to transact their businesses as some of the sins of the police against Nigerians.
The body, after the monthly congress held at the Labour House in Asaba, reminded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim idris, and the Corps Marshal of the FRSC on the urgent need to deepen efforts in their primary responsibilities of protecting lives and property and enforcing road safety laws, rather than extorting money from helpless and voiceless Nigerians on the highway.
The NUJ which commended the National Assembly on the initiative to amend the Nigerian Police Force Act, urged the police force to pursue the state and community policing bill to its logical conclusion.
The congress called on Nigerians to vote only for candidates disposed to restructuring of the country, a development that will bring about true fiscal federalism and the practice of the rule of law, just as it urged Nigerians to ensure that politicians seeking re-election are considered based on țheir track record of performance and public trust.
The congress viewed the continued stay of the N18,000 minimum wage as the perpetration of poverty in the country, adding that further delay and politizing of the increment of the minimum wage to N65,500 as requested by labour would be the height of insensitivity by the leadership of the country.
It urged the federal government to implement the expected new minimum wage by the end of the third quarter of this year as agreed with labour to alleviate the suffering of workers and Nigerians.
The congress equally called on the country’s leadership to put an end to the incessant killings by herdsmen and fast tract the prosecution of arrested killer herdsmen to act as deterrent to others as the cry of Nigerians has gotten to alarming rate.
The Delta NUJ commended the Delta state government for the hosting right of the 2018 Sernor Africa Athletics (CAA) championship slated for 1 to 5 August 2018 and for also transforming the Stephen Keship Stadium into a world class sporting facility.
It also commended the state government for the massive construction work going on simultaneously in different parts of the state, particularly the Asaba water storm and flood control projects and appealed for speedy completion of the projects to reduce the inconveniences faced by residents and road users.
It appreciated the place of diverse views in enhancing development and democratic tenents and advised the Delta state government to continue to be open to constructive criticism.
The Delta NUJ thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state for putting an end to the union’s land litigation and stressed the need for the state government to facilitate the completion of the secretariat project of the union.