From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has identified lack of revenue base as one of the major problems affecting the smooth running of the union.
The observation was contained in a Communiqué issued at the end of the Congress Meeting of the Union held at the NUJ Press Centre in Lokoja over the weekend.
The communiqué expressed worries over the obstacle and called on members to come up with ideas that will enhance the revenue base of the union to enable it meet with the demanding welfarism for its members.
The Union specifically commended the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kolawole Matthew for his contributions, donations and supports to the union; especially the proposed
chalet extension, which the speaker has agreed to build for the union.
It applauded the State Commissioner for works, Hon. Abubakar Ohere for the donation of dozens of chairs to the union.
The Congress frowned at the misinterpretation of some members of executive arms/political class whenever suggestions are made on issues that affect the lives of the citizens.
The Congress observed further that the state government has to a large extent been alive to her responsibilities in terms of provision of adequate security and other democracy dividends in the state.
The communique therefore, urged the state government to sustain her efforts in securing the lives and property of residents of the state both on the
highways and residential areas.
It also praised the state government for embarking on the construction of Ganaja junction fly-Over project, pleading for alternative routes to be provided before the commencement of work proper to avert the possibility of motorists suffering during the project construction.
The communiqué also called on the state government to execute the construction of Wada estate -Zango by-pass to ease the heavy traffic of motorists from the Zango metropolis to the main town.
The congress equally urged the state government to look into the problems of water scarcity in Lokoja and its metropolis to resist the possibility of outbreak of communicable diseases.
The communiqué similarly called on the Federal government to expedite action on the construction of the 7.5km Ganaja junction – Ganaja village road before raining season sets in.
It praised the state government for the award of infrastructural projects across the state, called on Ministry of Works to organized an inter-face with journalists (as a matter of urgency) to make a breakdown of all ongoing projects.
It hailed the appointment of the former Council Chairman, Comrade Ali Atabor as member governing Council, Kogi State University, Anyigba.