Akpan Umoh, Uyo
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Akwa Ibom State Council has withdrawn all her members covering the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly with immediate effect.
The withdrawal notice is contained in a communique released at the end of the State Congress of the Union held at its Council Secretariat, Information Drive Uyo, on Wednesday.
The communique was signed by the State Council Chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk, State Council Secretary, Comrade Dominic Akpan, Comrade Iniobong Ekponta, Chairman of the communique drafting committee, Comrade Dianime Uko, Secretary, Drafting Committee and Comrade Emem Okon, member, respectively.
The union frowned at the appointment of a non-journalists, Mr Nkereuwem Udom, as the Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Udeme Otong.
According to the communique, the union warned that any member that defaults on the directive of the congress will face severe sanctions.
“Congress directed all journalists covering the activities of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, including the Press Corps to withdraw their services with immediate effect, over the appointment of a non-journalist as the Press Secretary (Head of Press Corps) by the Speaker, Mr Udeme Otong.
“Congress frowned at this development and consequently warned that any defaulting member of the union shall face severe sanctions,” the communique stated.
The communique also called on the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency to take immediate action against indiscriminate dumping of refuse along Atiku Abubakar Way, which has blocked drainage causing flooding in the area.
The union in the communique called on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to henceforth enforce the law, and arrest and prosecute drivers, who drive against traffic (wrong way drive) as the ugly development always causes road crashes.
“Congress called on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Motor Traffic Division of the Nigeria Police and other authorities involved in traffic management to arrest and prosecute motorists who drive against the traffic as the ugly development has often resulted in accidents and injuries.
“Congress also noted that the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC, has shortchanged oil-producing communities in Akwa Ibom State by not remitting the funds generated from fines from gas flaring in the affected communities to them directly, as enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act, PIA. Congress, therefore, urged NUPRC to henceforth start paying gas flaring fines to the affected communities.”
The communique further called on the Nigeria Police Force Akwa Ibom Command and other security agencies in the state to step up their surveillance and come up with measures to arrest the increasing cases of phone theft in the Uyo metropolis.