Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Rising from a two-day meeting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zone C ( South East), has condemned the spate of killings across the country by suspected herdsmen and militias as well as the proposed hate bill before the National Assembly.
This was contained in a communiqué signed and issued by the Vice President and Secretary of the zone, Comrades Chris Isiguzo and Kenneth Ofoma respectively which was obtained by our correspondent.
Charging the security agencies to rise up to the challenge, the members said; “We condemn the bill proposing death penalty for hate speech offenders by the National Assembly, and call for immediate withdrawal of the bill.
” We frown at incessant harassment, intimidation and arrest of our members by the security agencies in the course of discharging their statutory duties”
They called on Federal Government contractors handling projects across the zone to expedite action on them especially the road projects as a result of their deplorable states before the onset of heavy rain.
They also expressed their desire for the government to conclude the process of nominating and inauguration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commissioner from the zone without further delay.
“We urge the state Houses of Assembly in the zone to support/consider voting in favour of local government financial/administrative autonomy in the ongoing constitutional amendment to strengthen that their of government for more productivity,” the argued.
According to the communiqué, the members commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his intervention in critical infrastructure projects, promotion of business environment, and building of human capital.